Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Henry Seriake Dickson and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday joined as defendants in a court action seeking nullification of the December 5, 2015 governorship election conducted in the state.
The election in dispute returned both Dickson of the PDP to office for a second term of office for the next four years.
Hope Democratic Party, HDP had at a federal high court in Abuja instituted a court action against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC demanding cancellation of the gubernatorial poll on the ground that its governorship candidate and his running mate, Chief Bulus Wombu and Hon. King George, respectively were unlawfully excluded in the election.
In the suit filed on its behalf by Chief Albert Ambrose Owuru, HDP is also contesting the exclusion of its logo on the ballot paper used for the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
But Dickson and PDP, apparently sensing possible devastating effects on them on the outcome of the court case, applied through their counsel, Chief Francis Nwanozie Nwosu to be joined as defendants in the suit so as to be able to defend their victory at the poll.
In the joinder application argued by Nwosu, the duo asked Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed to allow them join in the suit because of their vested interest in the election.
They claimed that the outcome of the case would directly or indirectly affect their interest, especially their benefits in the poll.
The joinder application was brought to the court pursuant to Order 9, Rule 15 and Order 26, Rule 1 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2009 and was supported with 8-point affidavit deposed to by one John Adah.
In the supporting affidavit, PDP claimed to be a registered political party for the purpose of participating in elections in the country and that it conducted a primary election that produced Mr. Seriake Dickson as its governorship candidate and the eventual winner of the December 5, 2015 poll.
Dickson and PDP claimed that unless they are joined as defendants, their interest reaped in the election would be jeopardized.
The application for joinder was not opposed by HDP and INEC prompting Justice Mohammed to make them 2nd and 3rddefendants in the court case.
Justice Mohammed ordered the plaintiffs to amend their originating summon to accommodate the two defendants and serve same on them.
Hearing in the suit has been fixed for February 17.

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