The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal challenging the emergence of Dr. Patrick Dakum as the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Plateau State.
The appeal was filed by Yohanna Margif, who insisted he was the LP governorship candidate in the state.
While Margif said he won the LP governorship primary and remained the party’s standard-bearer, the party said he had voluntarily withdrawn his candidacy and also written to notify the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The party claimed that following Margif’s withdrawal, it conducted a fresh primary which produced Dakum as the governorship candidate in Plateau State.
Margif had challenged the party’s decision at the Federal High Court in Jos but lost.
Dissatisfied, he went on appeal but also lost, leading to his decision to approach the Supreme Court.
However, in a dramatic turn, Margif, through his lawyer, Opeyemi Ojo, withdrew the appeal on the grounds that it had become statute-barred.
A five-man panel of Supreme Court Justices, led by Justice John Okoro, consequently threw out the appeal, clearing the path for Dakum for Saturday’s governorship poll.