Aggrieved guber candidate asks Supreme Court to sack Bayelsa governor, deputy

Posted by News Express | 17 October 2020 | 613 times

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•Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri


By MIKE ODIEGWU, Port Harcourt

Candidate of the Liberation Movement in the 2019 Bayelsa Governorship Election, Vijah Opuama, has taken his suit seeking disqualification of Governor Douye Diri and his Deputy, Lawrence Ewrujakpor to the Supreme Court.

Opuama lost at the tribunal as the panel struck out a petition he filed alleging Ewrujakpor submitted forged exemption certificate and documents that contained false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Also, a five-man panel of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Adezila Mshelia dismissed Opuama’s appeal on the grounds it was statute-barred and contained pre-election matters that were beyond the scope of an election tribunal.

But Opuama, through seven of his lawyers including P.D. Pius and E.A. Aluzu, approached the Supreme Court asking it to set aside the judgments of the lower courts.

A copy of the suit, which was made available to the Nation at the weekend in Port Harcourt, Rivers named INEC, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Diri, and Ewrujakpor as respondents. (The Nation)

Source: News Express

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