Bayelsa Guber: Tribunal delivers judgment in Abuja, Saturday


The Bayelsa State Governorship Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja will on Saturday, August 15, 2020, deliver judgment on the November 16, 2019 off-season governorship election.

The judgment has to do with the case between Vijah Opuama vs Independent National Electoral Commission, People’s Democratic Party, Senator Douye Diri and Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

The petitioner, Vijah Opuama, of the Liberation Movement had filed his petition on February 21, 2020 challenging the declaration of Governor Douye Diri and Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo as governor and deputy governor respectively in Bayelsa State.

Opuamah is opposed to the Supreme Court’s declaration of Diri as the winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship election following the disqualification of the Governor-elect, David Lyon.

Opuama is seeking the disqualification of Ewhrudjakpo on the grounds of irregularities in his academic qualifications and the cancellation of the governorship election.

He also prayed the court to order a fresh election in Bayelsa, alleging that the poll conducted by the INEC failed to comply with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Upon the close of pleadings and adoption of addresses by all the parties concerned, the tribunal had adjourned for judgment on a date to be communicated to all the parties.

The embattled deputy governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, said there was nothing to be afraid of concerning the judgment.

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The deputy governor, who spoke through his media aide, Doubara Atasi, said he believed that judiciary would do the right thing.

He stated: “My principal (Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo) remains unruffled. There is nothing to be afraid of concerning the judgment.

“I believe that the judiciary will do the right thing and as far as the right thing is done, there is nothing to be afraid of.”

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