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SUPREME COURT SUIT AGAINST BAYELSA STATE DEPUTY GOVERNOR

The Supreme Court has dismissed the suit brought by the Alliance for Democracy, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party and Labour Movement against the Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, and Accord Party’s case against Governor Douye Diri.

The seven-man panel of the Supreme Court in a unanimous judgement read by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta dismissed the appeal the six appeals filed against the governor and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

Justice Ngwuta, in his judgement dismissed the appeals following withdrawal of the six appeals by lawyers of the appellants.

The appeals dismissed were filed by the Alliance for Democracy, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party and Labour Movement.
Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party came second in the last year’s governorship election in the state. He was later declared the elected governor of the state in a subsequent Supreme Court judgment disqualifying the All Progressives Congress’s candidate David Lyon who earlier emerged the winner of the poll.
Diri’s victory has been challenged a number of times but the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja had at different times also affirmed him as the duly elected governor of the state

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