PDP Kicks as APC Wins Bayelsa Election
By Joshua Rogers
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the Bayelsa State Governorship Election. The INEC Returning Officer for the election, Professor Orumwense Osasere declared the APC candidate, David Lyon, winner at bout 1:20am this morning.
Correspondent Joshua Rogers who was at the collation centre in Yenagoa reports that Professor Osasere announced that Lyon of the APC polled Three Hundred and Fifty-two thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty-two (352, 552) to defeat his closest rival, Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored One Hundred and Forty-Three thousand, One Hundred and Seventy-two (143, 172) votes.
Nigeria Info can confirm that Forty-Five (45) political parties presented candidates for the election. All the party agents at the collation centre, except the PDP, signed the result sheets.
The APC won in six local government areas: Ekeremor, Southern Ijaw, Yenegoa, Ogbia, Nembe and Brass while the PDP won in two Local Government Area of Sagbama and Kolokuma-Opukuma.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State PDP collation agent, Odiowovwi Osusu told correspondent Soibi Oruwari that his party will certainly contest the outcome of the Saturday's election at the tribunal. Osusu said this shortly after INEC declared the APC governorship candidate, David Lyon the winner of the election.
The state PDP agent had several times during the collation exercise insisted his party will challenge the results from some local government areas at the tribunal.
"For me, it is very regrettable, it is not fair and it’s unacceptable. Where you will see PDP in a local government area cannot get 1000 votes, it’s not possible.
"There was no election, they just wrote results and submitted. And we have all the video clips which I tried to highlight here before everybody and everybody said “it’s tribunal”. So we will go to the tribunal and see how it is done."
"you are aware that a group of people was moved away with materials. INEC was aware, they said they knew, yet somebody is bringing a result when you have been told that those people have been hijacked and you are accepting them.
"Well, it may not be their fault; it may be the fault of the electoral act. Certainly, this result is unacceptable and I think my Party will reject it," he said.
This is the first time an apportion party has won the PDP in Bayelsa State since the return of Democracy in 1999. The APC now controls two states: Bayelsa and Edo out of the six states in the South-South region.
Additional reports by Soibi Oruwari