The election of Duoye Diri as the governor of Bayelsa state has been upheld by the Bayelsa governorship election tribunal sitting in the FCT, Abuja.
The verdict was given on Saturday, August 15, by a three-man panel who constituted the electoral panel, Channels TV reports.
Owei Woniwei of the Alliance for Democracy had dragged the governor to the tribunal in a petition where he claimed that Diri did not win the election held in 2019.
But in a unanimous judgement, Justice Owodunni-led panel ruled that the petition is merit-lacking and largely incompetent.
Duoye Diri has been confirmed as the authentic winner of the Bayelsa governorship election.
Further delivering the judgement, the tribunal panel said it could not ascertain allegation of forgery of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate and declaration of age levelled against Diri’s deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.
The Bayelsa tribunal ruling came barely three months after the Kogi governorship election tribunal upheld the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Yahaya Bello. The tribunal in a ruling on Saturday, May 23, in Abuja dismissed the case filed by Musa Wada of the PDP.
The three-man panel of judges in a unanimous judgment ruled that the petition of Musa Wada lacked merit.
The tribunal also asked Wada to pay N500,000 as costs to the APC and INEC for his frivolous claims.
Melaye’s last hope of reclaiming his mandate as Kogi West senator hit a fatal setback as court of appeal dismissed his appeal challenging Senator Smart Adeyemi’s victory in the Kogi bye-election.
Melaye, who addressed pressmen after the ruling, said he has accepted the defeat as the will of God
Futher more, the conclusion of the Supreme Court Detailed as below
MEDIA BRIEFING BY THE CHAIRMAN INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION INEC PROFESSOR MAHMOOD YAKUBU ON THE JUDGEMENT OF THE SUPREME COURT ON THE BAYELSA GOVERNORSIIIP ELECTION HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM lNEC HEADQUARTERS ABUJA ON FRIDAY 14111 FEBRUARY 2020 Honourable National Commissioners Secretary to the Commission Directors The Media Ladies and Gentlemen
- I welcome you all to this briefing. As you are aware, the Supreme Court of Nigeria yesterday delivered a judgment in a pre-election suit on the Bayelsa State Governorship election held on 16‘“ November 2019. The Commission has received the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgment of the apex court which disqualified the Deputy Governorship candidate and vitiated the joint ticket of the party earlier declared winner in the election. The Court also ordered the Commission to “…declare as the winner of the Governorship election in Bayelsa State the candidate with the highest number of lawful votes cast with the requisite constitutional (or geographical spread)”.
- In compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court, the Commission met this morning and reviewed the result of the election in which 45 political parties contested. Without the votes scored by the All Progressives Congress (APC), whose candidates were deemed not to have participated in the election, the total number of lawful and valid votes cast in the election now stands at 146,999. Out of this figure, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored the highest number of lawful votes with 143,172. Similarly, the Party has scored more than 25% of the lawful votes cast in all the eight (8) Local Government Areas of the State.
- Furthermore, the total number of registered voters in places where an election was not held or canceled as a result of sundry violations is 90,822. The candidate of the Accord party has the next highest scorer with 1,339 votes. The margin of lead between the candidates of the PDP and the Accord party is 141,833 votes. With this outcome, the election is conclusive at first ballot.
- Consequently, Senator Douye Diri AND Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo of the PDP are hereby declared winners and returned elected as Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively.
- The detailed result will be shared with you at this briefing and uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms shortly. 6. The Commission is aware that the tenure of the incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State ends at midnight today Friday 14th February 2020. Therefore, in fulfillment of the requirement of Section 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) the Certificates of Return to the Governor and Deputy Governor-elect will be presented to them immediately as ordered by the Supreme Court
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