Bayelsa: Court of Appeal to deliver judgment on Diri’s sack by Tribunal Friday

Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri, and the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) will on Friday on the Court docket of Enchantment in Abuja, know their destiny within the disputed November 16, 2019 governorship election.

Justice Adriza Mshella, who heads the five-man panel, will ship judgment.

A senior lawyer within the matter, Machukwu Umeh (SAN) confirmed that the courtroom had communicated the October 2 date to all events.

The Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on August 17 annulled Diri’s election and ordered a contemporary one.

Diri, the PDP and the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) have pleaded that the ballot and its final result be affirmed.

Within the lead enchantment, Diri’s counsel, Chris Uche (SAN), argued that the case of the primary respondent was statute barred as on the time it was filed.

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He mentioned the Superior Nigeria Democratic Occasion (ANDP) go well with was a breach of the structure as a result of it was based mostly on an try to subject two underaged candidates opposite to constitutional provisions.

Uche contended that when INEC disqualified ANDP from collaborating within the election, the social gathering didn’t problem the disqualification till February 2020, which he famous was greater than the 14 days allowed by legislation.

The SAN urged the appellate courtroom to put aside the bulk determination of the tribunal which invalidated Diri’s election and uphold the minority judgment which he pressured was based mostly on sound reasoning and legislation.

PDP counsel, Yunus Ustaz (SAN), drew the eye of the courtroom to the ANDP Nationwide Chairman’s affidavit.

Ustaz mentioned the official admitted that the social gathering didn’t contest within the November 16 ballot and that if a rerun is ordered, the ANDP has nothing to achieve as a result of the case has turn out to be educational.

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INEC lawyer, Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), knowledgeable the courtroom that the alteration achieved to part 285 of the 1999 structure restored energy of the electoral physique to display and disqualify any candidate wrongly nominated by a celebration.

Bawa prayed the courtroom to affirm the constitutional provisions empowering INEC to disqualify candidate(s) in an election.

ANDP lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), requested the courtroom to uphold the bulk determination of the tribunal which voided the ballot.

Ogunwumiju insisted that candidate of the ANDP was lawfully nominated and conveyed to INEC, including that INEC unlawfully disqualified and excluded the flagbearer and his social gathering.

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