The tribunal has dismissed the election that ushered in governor Diri Douye of Bayelsa state and ordered INEC to conduct a fresh election within 90 days.

In a divided judgement of two -one , the three -man panel ruled that INEC does not have the powers to disqualify any candidate in any election.

This judgement is coming after the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party filed a petition challenging the victory of Governor Diri in the November 19 governorship election after the party claimed INEC unlawfully excluded it from the election.

But INEC in its argument had challenged that the party’s Deputy Governorship candidate was 34 years old as at the time of nomination and therefore did not qualify to contest the election.

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