BREAKING: TRIBUNAL SACKS BAYELSA STATE GOVERNOR

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BAYELSA STATE GOVERNOR

The election of Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa state governor has been nullified by the Bayelsa governorship election petition tribunal

BAYELSA STATE GOVERNOR

The verdict was delivered in Abuja by a three-member panel of justices presided by Justice Ibrahim Sirajo  The election was nullified on the grounds that a registered political party was excluded from participating in the poll

The election of Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa state governor and that of his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has been nullified by the Bayelsa governorship election petitions tribunal.

The verdict was delivered in Abuja by a three-member panel of justices presided by Justice Ibrahim Sirajo on Monday, August 17, following a petition filed by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party

The tribunal asked INEC to conduct a bye-election within 90 days. Photo credits: Von.gov.ng Source: UGC According to Premium Times, the election was nullified on the grounds that ANDP, being one of the registered political parties, was unlawfully excluded from participating in the November 16, 2019 governorship election.

The Tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a bye-election in the state within 90 days. Meanwhile, President Muhammdu Buhari on Friday, August 14, elevated four judges from the north to the Supreme Court.

The judges are Justice Mohammed Garba (northwest), Justice Tijjani Abubakar (northeast), Justice Abdu Aboki (northwest) and Mohammed M. Saulawa (northwest). Justice Garba was the chairman of the 2019 presidential election petition tribunal which upheld President Buhari’s second term election. He was elevated from the appeal court.

According to The Nation, the four judges were promoted following the recommendation of the Nigerian Judiciary Council (NJC) after its meeting on Tuesday, August 11, and Wednesday 12. In another news, Femi Falana, a leading legal luminary, has condemned the N5 million fine imposed on a Lagos-based radio station by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over the alleged promotion of hate speech.