Nigeria: Why election petition tribunal nullified Bayelsa governorship election

Due to the exclusion of little known Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), by Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) The Bayelsa State Gubernatorial Petition Tribunal has nullified the election of Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State in South-Eastern Nigeria.

The tribunal ruling can, however, still be challenged at the appeal court. The ANDP had through its governorship candidate, King Lucky George, and National Chairman, Charles Ogboli, approached the tribunal seeking the nullification of the November 19, 2019 governorship election.

The party demanded an order for fresh election on the grounds that its name and logo were excluded from the ballot papers used for the election.

The counsel to the party, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), told the tribunal that INEC witnessed and monitored its governorship primary and that it was curious and unacceptable that the electoral body later excluded it from the election.

This ruling on Monday ruling comes two days after the tribunal dismissed three other petitions against the election of Governor Diri.

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