Bayelsa guber: Tribunal dismisses AD, UPC petitions against Governor Diri’s election

Newly sworn in Governor of Bayelsa, Sen. Douye Diri, has urged the state House of Assembly to expedite passage of the 2020 Appropriation Bill he would soon present for consideration.

The Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Saturday dismissed the petition filed by the Alliance for Democracy and its candidate challenging the victory of Governor Duoye Diri in November 19, 2019 poll.

The three-man panel held that the petition by AD and Owei Woniwei lacked merit.

The tribunal also dismissed the United Peoples Congress petition challenging Diri’s election.

Justice S.M. Owoduni who read the lead judgment of the tribunal also held that the petitioners failed to prove the allegation that Diri’s deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, forged his declaration of age and National Youth Service Corps discharged certificate.

Diri, who came second in the last year’s governorship election in the state, was declared the elected governor of the state in a subsequent Supreme Court judgment disqualifying the All Progressives Congress’s candidate David Lyon who earlier emerged the winner of the poll.

The tribunal is now delivering judgment on that of the Liberation Movement, who is also challenging Diri’s emergence as the Bayelsa State governor.

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