Governor of Bayelsa State, Sen. Duoye Diri

The appeal court says the Incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State, Sen. Duoye Diri was duly elected by the people of the state.

By this affirmation, Friday October 2, 2020, the Court of Appeal in Abuja has upturned the ruling of the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which had, on the August 17, 2020 sacked Diri from office and ordered fresh poll to be conducted within 90 days.

A five-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Adezila Mshelia set aside the tribunal’s verdict and affirmed Diri’s election in its judgment delivered on Friday.

The appellate court said the tribunal acted outside its jurisdiction by basing it’s judgement on the disqualification of the deputy governor of party.