The election of Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa state and that of his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has been nullified by the Bayelsa governorship election petitions 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 Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP).
According to Premium Times, 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. The Tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a bye-election in the state within 90 days.
The judges are Justice Mohammed Garba (northwest), Justice Tijjani Abubakar (northeast), Justice Abdu Aboki (northwest) and Mohammed M. Saulawa (northwest).
Justice Garba was the chairman of the 2019 presidential election petition tribunal which upheld President Buhari’s second term election.
He was elevated from the appeal court. According to The Nation, the four judges were promoted following the recommendation of the Nigerian Judiciary Council (NJC) after its meeting on Tuesday, August 11, and Wednesday 12.
Teller Africa recalls that on Thursday, August 13, Nigeria Info 99.3FM, a popular radio station in Lagos, was slammed with a sum of N5 million fine by the NBC for allegedly providing its platform to be used to promote unverifiably and inciting views.
But Falana described the fine as illegal and further added that the amended code under which the radio station was sanctioned has not got a solid legal backing.