The Bayelsa State Governorship Petition Tribunal has nullified the election of Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State.
The Justice Mohammed Sirajo-led three-man panel ruled that the election was unlawful due to the exclusion of Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party and its candidate, King George, from the November 16, 2019 governorship election.
The Tribunal’s ruling can still be challenged at the Court of Appeal.
Monday’s ruling comes two days after the tribunal dismissed three other petitions against the election of Mr Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party.
It would be recalled that the Supreme Court, on February 13, nullified the election of David Lyon of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the governor-elect barely 24 hours to his inauguration.
The ruling was based on the premise that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in aid of his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in the state.
The apex court then ordered INEC to declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election. Mr Diri was later sworn in as governor