- There is now a twist to the controversy in the struggle for Bayelsa's governorship
- The factional chairman of the ANDP, James Femowei, has claimed that the party had no guber candidate for the election
- Femowei also said that the party did not file any suit against Governor Douye Diri, the PDP and INEC
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A faction of the Advanced Nigerian Democratic Party (ANDP) has distanced itself from Lucky George, the party's governorship candidate in the 2019 Bayelsa election.
The chairman of the faction, James Femowei, said that the party never had gubernatorial candidate because, according to him, there was no primary election that produced any flagbearer in the first place.
Femowei denied knowledge that the ANDP filed an application against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Douye Diri at the state's tribunal, The Guardian reports.
The factional leader of the opposition party said: “There is an urgent need to address the press and put records straight in respect of the participation of the ANDP in the Bayelsa gubernatorial election held on November 16, 20l9 and the position of the party on the outcome of the election petition tribunal delivered on August 17, 2020.
“ANDP Bayelsa state did not present any candidate for the purpose of contesting the November 16, 2019 governorship election as it had earlier adopted Senator Douye Diri of the PDP."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Diri had filed an appeal against the controversial verdict of the election tribunal which sacked him as governor of the state.
Governor Diri on Tuesday, August 18, said he has filed a notice of appeal containing 11 grounds. Speaking through his counsel Chris Uche, the embattled governor said the tribunal erred in law when it held that ANDP’s petition was not statute-barred.
Governor Diri wants the appeal court to jettison the majority decision of the tribunal appealed against and to dismiss the 1st respondent’s petition.
Before this, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Bayelsa state deputy governor, had reacted to the petition filed by the Liberation Movement (LM) challenging his qualification in the state 2019 guber election.
The deputy governor is embroiled in the controversy after LM candidate, Vijah Opuama, dragged him to the Bayelsa electoral tribunal over alleged defects in some of his credentials.
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