2019 GENERAL Elections

Appellate Court Upholds Diri’s Appeal

👤 Uthman MuhammedDENISAURUS News

The court of appeal has nullified a tribunal judgement which called for a fresh election to be held in Bayelsa.

A five-man panel of Justices led by Justice Adzira Gana Mshella, favoured Douye Diri, who was declared winner of the election held in November 2019, but was sacked by the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

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The Tribunal stated that the name of a political party, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, ANDP was missing from the ballot.

However, when ruling the appeallate court noted that the ANDP had filled underage candidates and it filed a late appeal, which could not be considered.

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Reading the appeal, Justice Ogbuinya said: “the case of the 1st Respondent was marooned in the ocean of statute bar.

“The cause of action had expired with the fusion of time. The tribunal, therefore, lacked the requisite jurisdiction to entertain it. The subject matter if the petition was outside the jurisdiction of the tribunal.”

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