Appeal Court nullifies Tribunal judgment on Balyesa Guber Election, uphold Diri as Gov.

A five-man panel of the Appellate Court has overturned a ruling which nullified the election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa State.

The court held that the Bayelsa Election Petition Tribunal acted outside its jurisdiction by nullifying the election of Governor Diri.

In a unanimous judgment, the five-man panel of the court said the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party 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 of ANDP 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.

On 17 August, 2020, the Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal had nullified the governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The tribunal had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a by-election within 90 days.

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