Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson on Monday said his predecessor, Timipre Sylva still owes him N500,000 araded by the court in 2012.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Dickson said the Supreme Court had ordered Sylva to pay him the amount as damages for “abusing court process and for wasting the time of the justices.”
He accused Sylva of Contempt of Court for failing to follow the Apex court’s order.
The governor said, “The Supreme Court, consisting of five justices in 2012, had in a unanimous judgement resolved in his favour, the two issues raised by Sylva for determination before awarding the damages.
“Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, who read the lead judgement was hard on the former governor for wasting the time of the court and awarded N500,000 as cost against Sylva, to be paid to Dickson, the third respondent. Whereas the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Peoples Democratic Party, who were listed as 1st and 2nd defendants, were to bear their costs.
“Sylva has yet to pay me the sum of N500,000 as ordered by the highest court in the land, thereby disrespecting the apex court. It is therefore surprising that it is still the same apex court Sylva is returning to ask the court to remove him (Governor Seriake Dickson) on the frivolous grounds that the election which brought him to office was unknown to law.”