Tribunal Nullifies Election of Governor Diri - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Tribunal Nullifies Election of Governor Diri

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The Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Monday nullified the election that produced candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party's , Senator Duoye Diri as Governor.

The Tribunal additionally requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to arrange a new election inside 90 days, Salient Times report.

The decision follows the request by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) challenging the triumph of Governor Diri in the November 19 governorship political race.
 
The ANDP asserted that the party was unlawfully rejected from the political race.

In a split judgment of two-one, the three-man board decided that INEC doesn’t have the ability to preclude any candidate from an election.


INEC, in its contention, argued that the party’s Deputy Governorship candidate was 34-year-old as at the time of the election and consequently was not fit to challenge the political race.


ANDP told Justice Yunusa Musa, who has conveyed the lead judgment that its underlying Deputy Governorship Candidate, David Esinkuma was properly subbed by the Party inside the permitted time period, following the warning from INEC that he’s under-age.

Justice Musa in his reaction said that INEC has no capacity to exclude any competitor and demands that the request of the ANDP stands.

He additionally included that only a court has the ability to exclude any contender for any political race and that the appeal was documented inside 21 days, which is the specified time for petitions to be recorded.

Justice Musa depicted the activity of INEC to avoid the ANDP from the Bayelsa Governorship Election as illicit.