candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recently held governorship election in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva yesterday filed an application before Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, seeking to inspect election materials used for the December 5 2015 and January 9, 2016 polls.
Among the 37 materials sought to be inspected are: the ballot papers used for the two elections, police security report, video and audio reports, appointed observer’s reports, duplicate copy of the certificate of return issued to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship flag bearer, Chief Seriake Dickson.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Kazeem Alogba fixed the hearing of the application for yesterday following the consent of counsel to parties in the suit.
Earlier, other applications challenging the competence of some portions of the petition had been adjourned till April 7, 2016.
One of the applications was filed by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), represented by Mr. Alex Ejezieme.
In a similar vein, there was a crack in the Action Alliance (AA) party over a petition seeking the nullification of the election of Governor Dickson on the ground of unlawful exclusion.
The crack emerged when the National Legal Adviser of the party, Barrister Anaukyaa Nenge Peter disassociated the party from the petition and demanded to withdraw the petition.
His ground was that the national leadership of the party through his office did not authorise the filing of the petition.
He further told the tribunal that the petitioners had no mandate of the party to use the name of the party to file the petition.
However, another faction of the petitioners (AA), led by Rev Johnson Alozie, through their counsel, Oba Maduabuchi insisted that the national legal adviser lacks the power to withdraw a petition he did not file.
He told the tribunal that national legal adviser of the party takes directive from the national think-tank, being the highest decision organ of the party and that there is no resolution before the tribunal from the party mandating him to withdraw the petition.
He therefore asked the tribunal to refuse the application of the national legal adviser and allow their petition to be determined on his merit.
The tribunal adjourned till April 6, 2016 to rule on the application.

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