Following petitions filed by the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party [ANDP] against the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] in court for unlawfully excluding it from the Bayelsa gubernatorial elections held on November 12 2019, the INEC was served a subpoena by the court on May 11, 2020.
ANDP through it’s National Chairman, Barr Charles Ogboli had asked the tribunal to cancel the entire process of the 2019 Governorship Election and order for a fresh election to enable his party participate in the process.
The tribunal which was presided over by three-member panel of judges led by Justice Ibrahim Sirajo started at exactly 10:05am on Wednesday, June 3 at a magistrates court in Abuja.
Ibrahim Sani Mohammed who stood as a subpoenaed witness in the petition testified that the ANDP was unlawfully excluded from the Bayelsa gubernatorial elections of 2019.
Hey The Respondents in the case, on the other hand, are the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC], Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] and Douye Diri.
The case has however been adjourned to Monday, June 8.
If the case pulls through, residents of Bayelsa will return to polling units to elect the governor of the state.