Breaking: Appeal Court upholds Diri’s election

The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has upturned the verdict of the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which had sacked Governor Duoye Diri from office.

The tribunal had in its the August 17, 2020 verdict ordered a fresh gubernatorial election to be conducted within 90 days.

In a split decision of two-to-one, the tribunal nullified November 16, 2019, Bayelsa State governorship election as a result of the unlawful exclusion of the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party and its candidate, King George, from the exercise.

But a five-man panel of the Appeal Court of Appeal led by Justice Adezila Mshelia set aside the tribunal’s verdict and affirmed Diri’s election in its judgment delivered on Friday.

The Court held that ANDP was not unlawfully excluded from the election.