In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 18th, August, 2020

INEC Reacts To Removing Of Diri As Governor Of Bayelsa State

INEC Reacts To Removal Of Diri As Governor Of Bayelsa State

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The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has acknowledged that it might reply to a few of the points raised by the Election Tribunal following the nullification of the Bayelsa State governorship election.

 

Recall that we reported yesterday that the Bayelsa State Gubernatorial Petition Tribunal sacked Bayelsa Governor, Duoye Diri and ordered a contemporary ballot.

 

His election was nullified based mostly on a petition by the Superior Nigeria Democratic Get together (ANDP) which argued that it was unlawfully excluded from collaborating within the election.

 

In response to NAN, whereas reacting, the INEC Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman, Data and Voter Training Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, on Monday, mentioned it might reply to a few of the points raised by the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal when it’s availed of the complete judgment of the case.

 

Okoye mentioned that the Superior Nigeria Democratic Get together (ANDP) nomination for the election was invalid whereas the celebration didn’t train its proper assured within the Fourth Alteration to the structure by submitting its swimsuit inside 14 days of the accrual of the mentioned proper.

 

He additionally mentioned that ANDP was one of many political events that signified its intention to contest the Nov. 16, 2019 Bayelsa governorship election.

 

In response to him, the celebration carried out celebration primaries and submitted the title of 1 Peter David as its Deputy Governorship candidate.

 

“As on the time of the submission of the title of the mentioned candidate, he was 34 years outdated, opposite to Part 177(b) of the structure that makes it obligatory for a candidate for such workplace to achieve the age of 35 years to be eligible to contest the election.

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“Within the candidate’s statutory declaration of age and affidavit hooked up to his type, the celebration acknowledged that he was born on Feb. 10, 1985.

“On Sept. 13, 2019, the fee wrote to the celebration drawing their consideration to the constitutional age requirement of 35 years for Governorship/Deputy Governorship candidates as stipulated in Part 177(b) of the structure.

“The fee additionally knowledgeable them of the invalidity of their nomination for the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

“On Sept. 27, 2019, the fee knowledgeable the celebration that the deadline for the submission of nominations as supplied for within the Timetable and Schedule of Actions launched by the fee on Might 16, 2019 was Sept. 9, 2019.

“The fee additionally knowledgeable the celebration that since they didn’t submit legitimate nomination, they couldn’t validly substitute any candidate.

“Consequently the title and brand of the celebration didn’t seem and was not mirrored within the poll paper.

“It’s pertinent to notice that the celebration didn’t train its proper assured within the Fourth Alteration to the structure by submitting its swimsuit inside 14 days of the accrual of the mentioned proper as the problems canvassed are pre-election points.

“Nevertheless, the fee might reply to a few of the points raised within the judgment of the tribunal after we are availed of the complete judgement and the explanations for the judgement,” Okoye mentioned.

 

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