July 25, 2021

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Bayelsa Guber Race Latest: Obasanjo Backs Alaibe To Fight On In Court

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It has emerged that a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has encouraged Chief Timi Alaibe not to abandon his court case against the PDP. Alaibe is in court to challenge the processes that led to the emergence of Senator Douye Diri as candidate of the party during the November 16, 2019 gubernatorial election.
Alaibe had actually lost interest in the case after the APC candidate, David Lyon emerged winner of the election. But as the Supreme Court sacked Lyon, leading to the take-over of the seat by Diri, Alaibe is now vigorously pushing the case. It is however not clear when the case is coming up for hearing again.
But Alaibe himself has been under intense pressure to abandon the case. But sources said on Monday that Obasanjo, who is believed to be Alaibe’s political father, has urged him to go ahead with the case.
This is coming amidst speculations that Alaibe may be pressurised to drop the case, considering the call by Diri, that all those who felt aggrieved by the processes leading to and after the election should accept his reconciliatory moves.
Obasanjo was said to be angry at the comments of the immediate past governor, Seriake Dickson who was quoted as saying that people like the former president were begging him on behalf of some aspirants in the party, a few days to the party primaries.
The source said “Alaibe cannot dump the case that is now pending in court, this I can assure you. There is pressure on him to drop the case. People are trying to convince him, but the issue is that Obasanjo was so angry with Dickson’s comments the other time.
“Remember what Dickson said? Obasanjo was so angry at that comment-when Dickson said that Obasanjo and others were begging him. So, Obasanjo has told Alaibe to fight on. The way it is, I don’t see Alaibe dumping the case.”
Alaibe himself has refused to take his calls for weeks now. But those close to him confide in TNN that he is going ahead with the case without looking back.

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