The Court docket of Enchantment sitting in Abuja, on Friday, dismissed the enchantment filed by Mr Ebizimo Diriyai, the candidate of the Accord Occasion, towards the election of Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa.
NAN studies that the appellate court docket dismissed the enchantment on the grounds that the allegation of certificates forgery introduced towards Ewhrudjakpo by the Accord Occasion was not confirmed past affordable doubt as required by legislation on prison allegations.
Delivering judgment on the enchantment, Justice Folasade Ojo agreed with Ewhrudjakpo’s counsel, Mr Chukwuma Machukwu-Umeh, (SAN) that the case of the occasion was statute-barred.
The court docket additionally held that the case was incompetent having been filed outdoors the 14 days stipulated by the 1999 Structure.
Justice Ojo additionally agreed with Machukwu-Umeh that the Nationwide Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Division of State Service (DSS) had individually confirmed within the studies that mere correction was effected within the identify of the deputy governor as contained in his exemption certificates.
The appellate court docket agreed that the allegations have been weighty in nature because it may result in automated disqualification and in addition agreed that there was no proof to determine how a mere correction within the spelling of a reputation reworked right into a forgery.
The court docket, subsequently, dismissed the enchantment of the Accord Occasion and its governorship candidate in its entirety for being incompetent and missing in advantage.
The court docket additionally dismissed the petition of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and Liberation Motion (LM) alongside their governorship candidates given the identical causes.
In the meantime, the court docket had earlier reversed the nullification of the election of Gov. Duoye Diri, setting apart the judgment of the Bayelsa Governorship Election Petition Tribunal of Aug. 17 which nullified the Nov. 16 governorship election that produced Diri because the governor.