By Asolo Eyedoude
A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa has set aside the abridgment order for expedited hearing in the suit filed by Chief Timi Alaibe against the emergence of Senator Douye Diri as the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the Bayelsa governorship election.
Justice Jane Iyang who is hearing the case in refusing the order agreed with the defendants in the case that doing so would violate their fundamental rights to adequately prepare for the case.
The defendants include local Government Chairmen, their Vice-Chairmen, Councillors and Ad-hoc delegates in the disputed governorship primaries.
They also requested that a time frame of between 30 days and 42 days be granted for the defendants, as provided in the section 36 of the Constitution as amended to allow for sufficient response to the notice that had not been served them by the plaintiff.
Justice Jane Iyang, who stood down to consider her ruling on the matter, was however told by counsels to the plaintiff and defendants on the agreement on 18th of October, 2019 for commencement of hearing.