Duoye Diri
Gov, Duoye Diri

Appeal Court, Abuja, has overturned the ruling of Bayelsa election petition tribunal which nullified the emergence of Duoye Diri of PDP as governor of Bayelsa State.

OGBONGE NEWS recall that a three-member panel of Bayelsa election petition tribunal sitting in Yenagoa had on August 17, 2020 ruled that the November 16, 2019 election that saw Diri emerge as governor of the state was unlawful due to the exclusion of Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its candidate, King George, from the election.

However, in an unanimous judgment delivered today October 2nd, 2020 in FCT, Abuja, the five-man panel of the Appellate court ruled that the tribunal acted outside its jurisdiction by nullifying the election of Gov. Diri. 

The court also ruled that ADP failed woefully to show that it had a valid candidate that was unlawfully excluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The court berated the tribunal for ignoring the fact that the petition by ADP was status barred in addition to the fact that the party presented an unqualified candidate to INEC in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

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