Bayelsa guber: Gov. Diri, INEC, ask Attraction Courtroom to reverse tribunal’s judgment

Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State on Thursday in Abuja requested the Courtroom of Attraction to reverse the choice of the Bayelsa Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which nullified the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship ballot within the state.

Equally, the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) and the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) have additionally approached the appellate court docket asking it to reverse the tribunal’s judgement.

Of their separate appeals, the appellants prayed the court docket to uphold that the conduct of the governorship election and its consequence which produced Diri as governor complied with related legal guidelines.

Arguing on behalf of Diri, his counsel, Mr Chris Uche, (SAN), instructed the court docket that the case of the primary respondent (Superior Nigerian Democratic Occasion (ANDP)) was statute barred as on the time it was filed.

Uche maintained that the case of the ANDP was a breach of the 1999 Structure because it was primarily based on an try and area two below aged candidates for governor and deputy governor.

The lawyer argued that when INEC disqualified the ANDP from taking part within the election in October 2019, the get together didn’t problem the disqualification till February 2020.

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He mentioned that submitting the go well with in February meant that it was filed greater than 5 months later as towards the 14 days allowed by regulation.

Uche urged the appellate court docket to put aside the bulk resolution of the tribunal which nullified Diri’s election and uphold the minority judgment saying it was primarily based on sound reasoning and regulation.

For its half, the PDP via its counsel, Mr Yunus Ustaz, SAN, argued that if the court docket upheld the judgment of the tribunal and a rerun was ordered, the ANDP had nothing to achieve because the case had develop into tutorial.

INEC in its attraction via its lawyer, Mr Ibrahim Bawa, SAN, knowledgeable the panel that the alteration finished to Part 285 of the 1999 structure had restored the electoral umpire’s energy to display screen and disqualify any candidate wrongly nominated by a political get together.

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Bawa urged the appellate court docket to affirm the constitutional provisions of INEC to disqualify candidates in an election.

Responding, counsel to ANDP, Mr Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN, urged the court docket to uphold the bulk resolution of the tribunal.

He mentioned this was as a result of the candidate of the ANDP was lawfully nominated and it was conveyed to INEC.

He additional argued that the candidate was unlawfully disqualified and his get together unlawfully excluded.

Justice Adzira Mshella, who presided over the five-man panel of justices introduced {that a} date for judgment can be communicated to events within the matter.

Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) recollects that the Bayelsa Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on Aug. 17 delivered a judgment which nullified the election of Diri as governor.

The tribunal in a two-to-one judgment held that the ANDP and its governorship candidate, Mr Fortunate King-George, had been unlawfully excluded by INEC within the Nov. 16 governorship ballot within the state.

The tribunal accordingly ordered a recent ballot in 90 days.

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