The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the election of Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa.
The court in a unanimous judgment, set aside the judgment of the Bayelsa Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which nullified Diri’s election and ordered INEC to conduct fresh elections within 90 days.
In a majority judgement delivered in Abuja on Friday, the court held that the petition by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) was statute-barred, and the tribunal had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
The court also said that the tribunal was not the proper forum to entertain the petition as it was wrong to have held that the candidates of ANDP were validly nominated.
The Bayelsa State Gubernatorial Petition Tribunal had in August nullified the election of Mr Diri.
The election was nullified based on a petition by ANDP which argued that it was unlawfully excluded from participating in the election.