Supreme Court affirms Diri as Bayelsa Governor, dismisses all appeals

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A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgement by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, on Wednesday, dismissed six appeals filed against Governor of Bayelsa state, Douye Diri and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

Lawyers of the appellants had earlier withdrawn the six appeals before the Justice Ngwuta.

The apex court subsequently affirmed Douye Diri as the duly elected Governor of Bayelsa State,

The appeals dismissed were filed by the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), Accord Party (AP) and Labour Movement (LM).

Diri who contested under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came second in the last year’s governorship election in the state.

He was later declared Governor of the state in a subsequent Supreme Court judgement disqualifying the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, David Lyon, who had emerged the winner of the poll less than 24 hours to his swearing-in.

Diri has survived many legal actions against his bid to retain the seat as duly elected governor of Bayelsa state.

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