Appeal Court dismisses Accord Party’s appeal against Bayelsa Deputy gov

The Court docket of Attraction sitting in Abuja, on Friday, dismissed the attraction filed by Mr Ebizimo Diriyai, the candidate of the Accord Get together, in opposition to the election of Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa.

NAN stories that the appellate courtroom dismissed the attraction on the grounds that the allegation of certificates forgery introduced in opposition to Ewhrudjakpo by the Accord Get together was not confirmed past cheap doubt as required by regulation on felony allegations.

Delivering judgment on the attraction, Justice Folasade Ojo agreed with Ewhrudjakpo’s counsel, Mr Chukwuma Machukwu-Umeh, (SAN) that the case of the get together was statute-barred.

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The courtroom additionally held that the case was incompetent having been filed exterior the 14 days stipulated by the 1999 Structure.

Justice Ojo additionally agreed with Machukwu-Umeh that the Nationwide Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Division of State Service (DSS) had individually confirmed within the stories that mere correction was effected within the title of the deputy governor as contained in his exemption certificates.

The appellate courtroom agreed that the allegations have been weighty in nature because it may result in automated disqualification and in addition agreed that there was no proof to determine how a mere correction within the spelling of a reputation remodeled right into a forgery.

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The courtroom, subsequently, dismissed the attraction of the Accord Get together and its governorship candidate in its entirety for being incompetent and missing in benefit.

The courtroom additionally dismissed the petition of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and Liberation Motion (LM) alongside their governorship candidates given the identical causes.

In the meantime, the courtroom had earlier reversed the nullification of the election of Gov. Duoye Diri, setting apart the judgment of the Bayelsa Governorship Election Petition Tribunal of Aug. 17 which nullified the Nov. 16 governorship election that produced Diri because the governor.

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