Bayelsa election: INEC declares APC winner of governorship poll

Bayelsa election: INEC declares APC winner of governorship poll

– INEC returning officer of the Bayelsa governorship election, Prof Faraday Orumwense, officially declares David Lyon of the APC as the winner of the poll

– The electoral commission says the APC won the election by polling 352,552 votes while the PDP scored 143,172

– Faraday notes that the total registered voters for the Bayelsa election was 922, 562 and that the total accredited voters for the voting exercise were 517, 888

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially declared David Lyon, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Bayelsa governorship election as the winner of the poll.

The returning officer, Prof Faraday Orumwense, in an announcement by 1 am on Monday, November 18, at the INEC collation centre in Yenagoa declared that the APC won the election by polling 352,552 votes while the PDP scored 143,172, The Tribune reports.

He added that the total registered voters for the Bayelsa election was 922, 562 and total accredited voters for the voting exercise were 517, 888.

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Orumwense, who’s the outgoing vice-chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo state, stated that total registered voters for the Bayelsa election was 922, 562 and total accredited voters for the voting exercise were 517, 888.

He said the voting exercise produced a total valid vote of 499, 551; 633 rejected votes and a total vote cast of 505, 884.

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“I, Prof Faraday Orumwense, declared that Lyon having satisfied the INEC requirement is hereby returned elected,” the returning officer stated.

The APC was reported to have won six out of the eight local government areas where the election held, while the PDP won just two local government areas.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported earlier that PDP candidate, Diri held a press conference where he claimed that a commanding officer of the army used his men to chase PDP agents and its stakeholders from Ogbia local government so that the results could be manipulated.

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Diri, therefore, called for the cancellation of results in those areas. He also called for the cancellation of results in areas where election materials were hijacked.

Legit.ng also reported that INEC expressed deep disappointment at the level of violence recorded in Saturday, November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

In a press statement released on Saturday night to confirm the close of voting across the two states, INEC noted that it took necessary steps to forestall the violence but politicians and others were bent on disrupting the polls.

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“Despite all the efforts of the Commission and the promises of the political parties to promote peaceful elections, including several engagements with stakeholders and signing of peace accords, there are reports indicating the process was in several places affected by thuggery and violence, which the Commission unequivocally condemns,” INEC said in the statement late on Saturday.

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