In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, August, 2020

Governor Duoye Diri Information 12 Grounds Of Attraction To Reverse Sack By Tribunal

Governor Duoye Diri Files 12 Grounds Of Appeal To Reverse Sack By Tribunal


Governor Duoye Diri

Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri on Tuesday, lodged 12 grounds of attraction earlier than the Court docket of Attraction in Abuja to problem the tribunal judgement that sacked him from workplace and ordered the Independence Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC, to conduct a contemporary election within the state inside 90 days.

Within the Discover of Attraction he filed by his staff of attorneys led by Chief Chris Uche, SAN, on Tuesday, governor Diri, urged the appellate courtroom to put aside the bulk judgement of the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which nullified his election and uphold the Minority verdict.

The tribunal had in a majority judgement by two out of the three-man panel of Justices, voided the end result of the gubernatorial election that held within the state on November 16, 2019, over the exclusion of one of many registered political events, Superior Nigeria Democratic Occasion, ANDP, within the contest.

Two members of the panel, Justices Sikiru Owodunni and Yunusa Musa, stated they discovered benefit in ANDP’s competition that it was unlawfully excluded from taking part within the governorship election by INEC, even supposing it fulfilled all of the statutory necessities. Justice Musa who learn the lead judgement within the matter, upheld the petition, saying the tribunal was glad that INEC illegally excluded ANDP and its governorship candidate, King George, from the election.

He held that INEC lacked the powers to disqualify ANDP’s candidates after it didn’t act on a letter the get together wrote to be allowed to substitute its deputy governorship candidate.

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Nevertheless, in a dissenting judgement, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, affirmed governor Diri’s election after he dismissed the petition for being statute-barred.

Justice Sirajo stated there was proof that ANDP was disqualified from the election for fielding an ineligible candidate.

He famous that the get together nominated an underaged deputy governorship candidate, who admitted that he was 34 years outdated, as a substitute of the 35 years age bracket the Structure stipulated.

Justice Sirajo stated there was equally proof that the get together didn’t substitute the candidate until the statutory window for such substitution elapsed.

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