Tribunal Sets Date for Final Arguments in Bayelsa Governorship Election Petition

By Milcah Tanimu

The Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, situated in Abuja, has slated April 22nd for the adoption of final written addresses in the case contesting the outcome of the recent gubernatorial election in the state.

This development indicates that both parties involved – the incumbent Governor Douye Diri and his opponent, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC) – will present their concluding arguments on that day.

Led by Justice Adekunle Adeleye, the three-member tribunal scheduled the matter for address adoption following the conclusion of the defence by Diri, his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Gesiye Isowo, Diri’s witness and the Secretary of the PDP in Bayelsa, submitted the official election result and final declaration, as contained in INEC’s forms EC8D and EC8E, among other documents.

Furthermore, the tribunal directed all parties to submit and exchange their final submissions before the adjourned date. This procedural step allows the judges to deliberate on the presented evidence and arguments prior to reaching a verdict on the petition.

Timipre Sylva and the APC are disputing the election results, alleging irregularities during the polls. The tribunal’s decision will undoubtedly hold significant ramifications for the political dynamics of Bayelsa State.

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