The election of Governor Duoye Diri has been nullified by the Gubernatorial election petition tribunal seating in Abuja.
The election tribunal granted the prayers of the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) which argued that it was unlawfully excluded from participating in the election.
The governorship candidate of the party-King Lucky George and National Chairman-Charles Ogboli; had approached the tribunal seeking the nullification of the November 19, 2019 governorship election.
The ruling comes 48 hours after the tribunal dismissed three other petitions. They were filed by the Alliance for Democracy (AD), the United People’s Congress (UPC), and the Liberation Movement (LM). The election tribunal, therefore, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election within 90 days.
Responding to the decision of the tribunal, Diri said: “We trust in the judiciary and we are appealing the judgment. With God on our side, we will get justice. This is a court of the first instance and I have instructed our lawyers to file an appeal. We have a right to appeal even up to the Supreme Court.”
He asked members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his supporters not to panic while urging them to remain law-abiding.
Duoye Diri became governor of Bayelsa state after the Supreme Court, on February 13, removed David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor-elect barely 24 hours to his inauguration.
The apex court based its rulings on the premise that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aid of his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in the state.