Bayelsa poll: Appeal Court decides judgment on Diri, PDP, others appeals today | CABLE REPORTERS

The Court of Appeal in Abuja will on Friday deliver its judgments on the separate appeals challenging the August 17, 2020 verdict of the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which sacked Governor Duoye Diri from office and ordered fresh poll to be conducted within 90 days.

Diri, his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, filed separate appeals urging the Court of Appeal to upturn the tribunal’s verdict.

A five-man panel of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Adezila Mshelia had on September 24, 2020 heard the appeals and reserved its judgments.

The three-man election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja had, in a split decision of two-to-one, nullified the November 16, 2019 Bayelsa State governorship election as a result of unlawful exclusion of the ANDP and its candidate, King George, from the exercise.

Dissatisfied with the judgment, Diri, PDP and INEC had filed separate appeals against it.

It was learnt that the hearing notices for the judgments to be delivered on Friday had been served on the parties to the appeals.


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