SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 17 – The Bayelsa state election tribunal has nullified the state’s gubernatorial election, which had led to the emergence of Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as governor of the state.
The election was nullified based on a petition by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, (ANDP), which argued that it was unlawfully excluded from participating in the election.
Recall that Diri emerged governor after the Supreme Court sacked the winner of the November 2019 Bayelsa gubernatorial election, David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for presenting a running mate with a fake certificate.
In the fresh judgement delivered by Justice Yunusa Musa, the tribunal, sitting in Abuja on Monday, declared entire election null and void, and ordered fresh elections to be conducted within 90 days.
The verdict came barely two days after the tribunal dismissed as lacking in merit, three other petitions that sought to sack governor Diri on the premise that his Deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, submitted forged NYSC certificate to INEC for the purpose of the election. The dismissed petitions were brought before the tribunal by Alliance for Democracy, AD, and its candidate, Owei Woniwei, United Peoples Congress, UPC, and its candidate, Ibiene Stephen, as well as that of candidate of the Liberation Movement, LM, Vijah Opuama.
However, Today’s Echo gathers that the judgement can still be appealed.