- Appeal court has reversed the ruling of the tribunal which sacked Diri as the validly elected governor of Bayelsa state
- The court ruled that the petition by the ANDP was statute-barred, adding that the tribunal did not have jurisdiction to hear the matter
- Recall that the ANDP had petitioned the tribunal on the ground that its candidate was illegally excluded from the poll
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It is victory again for the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa state as the Court of Appeal affirms Douye Diri as the state's governor.
Premium Times reported that the court set aside a ruling of the Bayelsa state governorship election petition tribunal which nullified the election of Diri as the validly elected Bayelsa governor.
According to the report, a majority judgement delivered in Abuja on Friday, October 2, indicated that the petition filed by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party was statute-barred.
This means that the cause of action was no longer legally enforceable when the petition was filed.
The appeal court also held that the tribunal had no jurisdiction to entertain the petition.
The court also said that the tribunal was not the proper forum to entertain the petition as it was wrong to have held that the candidates of ANDP were validly nominated.
Recall that the tribunal had nullified the election of Governor Diri in August. The election was nullified based on a petition by the ANDP arguing that it was unlawfully excluded from participating in the exercise.
However, in his earlier reaction to the tribunal's ruling, Governor Diri had said he would appeal the ruling, adding that he had instructed his lawyers to file the necessary papers.
The Bayelsa state governor said he had implicit confidence in the judiciary that he would triumph in the end.
He urged members of the PDP and his supporters not to panic and to continue to remain calm and law-abiding.
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