Tribunal Annuls Diri’s Election As Bayelsa Governor

The judges ruling on Monday based their decision on the exclusion of King George, the candidate The tribunal, in the ruling ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections within 90 days.f ADP, in the November 16, 2019 governorship election.

The new Bayelsa State governor, PDP's Duoye Diri / Photo credit: Vanguardng
The new Bayelsa State governor, PDP's Duoye Diri / Photo credit: Vanguardng

The Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has nullified the election Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State.

The judges ruling on Monday based their decision on the exclusion of King George, the candidate of ADP, in the November 16, 2019 governorship election.

The election had initially been won by David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress but he disqualified by the Supreme Court in February just hours before his inauguration, paving the way for Diri of the People’s Democratic Party to claim victory.

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The tribunal, in the ruling ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections within 90 days.

Two days earlier, the election tribunal dismissed three petitions challenging the election if the Bayelsa governor.

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A three man panel sitting in Abuja in a unanimous decision led by Justice S.M. Owodunni dismissed the petition of the Alliance for Democracy for lacking merit.

The petitioner, the judges said had failed to prove the allegations of the forged declaration of age and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharged certificate levelled against the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence.

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Another dismissed petition was by United Peoples Congress, which sought the annulment of Diri’s election.

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