Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri, and the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) will on Friday on the Courtroom of Attraction in Abuja, know their destiny within the disputed November 16, 2019 governorship election.
Justice Adriza Mshella, who heads the five-man panel, will ship judgment.
A senior lawyer within the matter, Machukwu Umeh (SAN) confirmed that the court docket had communicated the October 2 date to all events.
The Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on August 17 annulled Diri’s election and ordered a contemporary one.
Diri, the PDP and the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) have pleaded that the ballot and its final result be affirmed.
Within the lead enchantment, Diri’s counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), argued that the case of the primary respondent was statute barred as on the time it was filed.
He mentioned the Superior Nigeria Democratic Celebration (ANDP) swimsuit was a breach of the structure as a result of it was primarily based on an try to area two underaged candidates opposite to constitutional provisions.
Uche contended that when INEC disqualified ANDP from collaborating within the election, the celebration didn’t problem the disqualification till February 2020, which he famous was greater than the 14 days allowed by regulation.
The SAN urged the appellate court docket to put aside the bulk resolution of the tribunal which invalidated Diri’s election and uphold the minority judgment which he harassed was primarily based on sound reasoning and regulation.
PDP counsel, Yunus Ustaz (SAN), drew the eye of the court docket to the ANDP Nationwide Chairman’s affidavit.
Ustaz mentioned the official admitted that the celebration didn’t contest within the November 16 ballot and that if a rerun is ordered, the ANDP has nothing to realize as a result of the case has turn out to be tutorial.
INEC lawyer, Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), knowledgeable the court docket that the alteration completed to part 285 of the 1999 structure restored energy of the electoral physique to display screen and disqualify any candidate wrongly nominated by a celebration.
Bawa prayed the court docket to affirm the constitutional provisions empowering INEC to disqualify candidate(s) in an election.
ANDP lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), requested the court docket to uphold the bulk resolution of the tribunal which voided the ballot.
Ogunwumiju insisted that candidate of the ANDP was lawfully nominated and conveyed to INEC, including that INEC unlawfully disqualified and excluded the flagbearer and his celebration.