Court upholds Diri’s election as Bayelsa governor

The Bayelsa governorship election petition tribunal has upheld the re-election of Douye Diri as governor of the state.

A three-member tribunal led by Adekunle Adeleye dismissed the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC and its candidate Timipre Sylva for lacking in merit.

In its unanimous decision on Monday, the tribunal held that the petitioners failed to adduce any credible evidence to substantiate any of the allegations they raised against the outcome of the Bayelsa poll.

On 13 February 2020, the Supreme Court of Nigeria invalidated the results of the 2019 Bayelsa State gubernatorial elections on grounds that the running mate of the actual winner of the election, David Lyon, submitted a confidential certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.[6] The court ordered Diri to be issued a certificate of return, which would make him governor-elect.



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