Supreme Court Affirms Diri As Bayelsa State Governor


The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Douye Diri as Governor of Bayelsa State while dismissing the six appeals filed against Diri and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo

A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court gave the ruling in a unanimous judgement read by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta on Wednesday.

The apex court predicated the dismissal of the appeals on the withdrawal of the six appeals by lawyers of the appellants.

The appeals dismissed were filed by the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), Accord Party (AP) and Labour Movement (LM).

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Prior to the ruling of the apex court, the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja had at different times also affirmed him as the duly elected governor of the state.

It will be recalled that Diri was declared Governor of the state after the Supreme Court disqualified the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon, who had initially emerged the winner of the poll.


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