COURT OF APPEAL AFFIRM DIRIS’S ELECTION AS BAYELSA GOVERNOR

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By Mukwuzi Joseph

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the election of Gov. Duoye Diri of Bayelsa.

A five-man panel of the appellate court, in two unanimous judgments on Friday, held that the tribunal was wrong to have assumed jurisdiction over the petition filed on February 26, 2020 by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) and grant the reliefs sought by the petitioner.

The Court of Appeal held among others, that the cause of action was statute barred as at when the ANDP filed its petition, because its grouses of unlawful exclusion and unlawful disqualification are pre-election issues that ought to be raised within 14 days.




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