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I will appeal my sack- Bayelsa Governor

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said he would appeal the nullification of his election as governor of the state by an election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The tribunal had ruled that a new election be conducted within 90 days after it announced the nullification of the state governor’s election.

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Diri said he will appeal Monday’s ruling of the state election petition tribunal and has instructed his lawyers to file the necessary papers for the appeal court. 

Governor Diri, who spoke shortly after the tribunal ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wrongly excluded the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP) governorship candidate in the November 16, 2019 election, said he has implicit confidence in the judiciary that he would triumph in the end.

He said: “We trust in the judiciary and we are appealing the judgement. With God on our side, we will get justice. 

“This is a court of first instance and I have instructed our lawyers to file an appeal. We have a right of appeal even up to the Supreme Court.”

The governor urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his supporters not to panic and to continue to remain calm and law-abiding.

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