To the utter and apparent shock of his supporters and some political observers across Nigeria, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa was told that his victory at the last gubernatorial election in the state has been voided.
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The decision was made and announced by the Bayelsa governorship election petition tribunal which sat in Abuja on Monday, August 17.
The verdict of the tribunal which was decided upon by a three-man panel was read by Justice Justice Mohammed Sirajo.
The judgment came after the tribunal accepted a petition against Diri filed by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP)'s governorship candidate, King George.
In this piece, Legit.ng brings to you the singular reason the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor was voided by the tribunal.
The Sirajo-led panel ruled that the poll was unlawful because the ANDP candidate was excluded from the electoral exercise.
This decision also affects the election of Lawrence Ewhrudjakpohas, the deputy governor of the state.
The panel said that the exclusion of George was unconstitutionally carried out by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the election of Diri of Bayelsa state and that of Ewhrudjakpohas had been nullified by the 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 ANDP.
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 said it found merit in the petition and consequently nullified the election. It also ordered INEC to conduct a bye-election in the state within 90 days.
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