Douye Diri sacked as Bayelsa Governor by election tribunal

The court ruled that a fresh vote be conducted in Bayelsa.

he governorship election petition tribunal in Bayelsa State has nullified the election of Governor Douye Diri and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

In a majority judgment delivered by Justice Yunusa Musa in the petition brought before it by the Advance National Democratic Party (ANDP), the tribunal ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) erred when it excluded the party from the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.

INEC has now been ordered to conduct a fresh governorship election in Bayelsa State within 90 days; with the ANDP participating this time.

There is a likelihood that the judgment will be appealed.

Diri is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Diri emerged Bayelsa Governor in February after the Supreme Court sacked David Lyon of the APC who was declared winner after the 2019 vote.

Lyon’s running mate was deemed guilty of presenting documents riddled with discrepancies.