BREAKING: Tribunal Delivers Judgement on Suit Seeking Bayelsa Governor, Diri’s Sack

  • A governorship election petition tribunal has affirmed the re-election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa state
  • A three-member tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the APC and its flagbearer, Timipre Sylva
  • TheTalk.NG reports that Sylva, a former governor of Bayelsa and ex-minister, is still hopeful of leading the oil-rich south-south state despite coming second in the off-cycle election in 2023

TheTalk.NG journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering politics and elections in Nigeria.

Yenagoa, Bayelsa state – The Bayelsa governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja on Monday, May 27, affirmed the re-election of Governor Douye Diri of the state.

As reported by The Nation, in a judgement, Justice Adekunle Adeleye-led three-member tribunal quashed the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the November 2023 election in Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva.

Election petition tribunal affirms Duoye Diri's re-election as Bayelsa state governorThe Bayelsa state governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the re-election of Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state.
Photo credits: @HETimipreSylva, @govdouyediriSource: Twitter

In a unanimous decision, the tribunal held that the APC and Sylva failed to adduce credible evidence to establish any of the allegations they raised against the outcome of the Bayelsa state governorship poll.

It struck out all the additional proof of evidence as well as statements on oath of some of the witnesses that testified for the petitioners against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor.

The Punch also noted the court’s verdict.

Duoye Diri delighted

Meanwhile, in a swift reaction, Governor Diri showed his elation and expressed his gratitude to the people of Bayelsa state and God.

He wrote on his verified X (formerly Twitter) handle:

“Congratulations to us all! We won Again!

“Thank you Lord! Thank you Bayelsans!

“All petitions against our re-election dismissed!”

More to follow…

Source: TheTalk.NG

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