INEC Releases New Bayelsa Governorship Election Result, Excludes APC

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 14, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the reviewed result of the Bayelsa State governorship election.

This comes about three months after the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon, was returned elected as the winner of the November 16, 2019 poll.

In the new result released at the INEC headquarters in Abuja on Friday, the electoral umpire, however, excluded the APC from the result sheet.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, told a news conference that the commission took the decision after the Supreme Court sack Lyon as the governor-elect of the state.

He said, “The commission has received the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement of the apex court which disqualified the deputy governorship candidate and vitiated the joint ticket of the party earlier declared winner in the election.

 

“The court also ordered the commission to “…declare as winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa State the candidate with the highest number of lawful votes cast with the requisite constitutional (or geographical spread)”.

In compliance with the orders of the court, Yakubu revealed that INEC convened a meeting to review the result of the election in which 45 political parties contested.

Without the votes scored by the APC, he put the total number of lawful and valid votes cast in the election at 146,999.

Out of this figure, the INEC chairman stated that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Douye Diri, scored the highest number of lawful votes with 143,172.

He added that the party scored more than 25 per cent of the lawful votes cast in all the eight Local Government Areas of the state.

According to the INEC boss, the total number of registered voters in places where the election was not held or cancelled as a result of sundry violations is 90,822 while the candidate of the Accord party has the next highest score with 1,339 votes.

“The margin of lead between the candidates of the PDP and the Accord party is 141,833 votes. With this outcome, the election is conclusive at first ballot.

“Consequently, Senator Douye Diri and Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo of the PDP are hereby declared winners and returned elected as governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa State respectively,” he declared.

Yakubu noted that the tenure of the incumbent governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, would end at midnight on February 14, 2020.

Thereafter, the governor and deputy governor-elect were presented with the Certificates of Return, in line with Section 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

See the full list of the result as released by INEC below:

INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To PDP’s Douye Diri

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented the Certificate of Return to Senator Douye Diri.

Diri’s deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo was also presented his certificate of return.

The electoral commission in a briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the November 16 Bayelsa governorship election.

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INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu told journalists that Diri was declared the winner after top officials met on Friday morning to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC which have been voided by the court.

“The total votes cast after excluding those of the APC now stand at 146,999. PDP polled 143,172 and scored 25 percent as required by the law,” Yakubu said during the briefing.

Diri’s victory follows Supreme Court verdict which sacked David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment on Thursday made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election for submitting forged certificates to INEC.

The court ruled that Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won November 16, 2019.

A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili then ordered the INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the APC candidate.

 

See below photos of Diri and his deputy receiving their certificates of return at the INEC Headquarters in Abuja…

 

Lokpobiri Vs Lyon: Supreme Court Decides Winner Of Bayelsa APC Primaries

 

The Supreme Court of Nigeria is currently hearing the appeal filed by Senator Heineken Lokpobiri against David Lyon.

Lokpobiri is contending that he is the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election held on September 4 for the 2019 Bayelsa Governorship election.

He claims that the party wrongly gave the ticket to Lyon who eventually contested and won the governorship election.

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Lokpobiri who is a former Minister of State for Agriculture had approached the court, asking it to declare him, and not Lyon the authentic candidate of the APC.

He told the court that the governorship primary conducted by the APC in Bayelsa State was not done in compliance with the guidelines and the constitution of the party, and therefore, concluded that the party had no candidate.

However, the Court of Appeal, in Port Harcourt, upturned the High Court’s decision last month, declaring that the APC had a candidate in the governorship election.

The decision of the apex court today will determine whether or not Lyon would be sworn in on Friday, February 14 as the Governor of Bayelsa State.

Bayelsa State Holds Governorship Re-Run Election

taraba electio has been termed as the voice of the peopleA re-run election holds today, (Saturday) in Southern Ijaw and six other local government areas in Bayelsa State to conclude the governorship election earlier declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ahead of the election, INEC revised its guidelines for the re-run, making it possible for accreditation and voting to go on simultaneously.

An official of the electoral body, Mustapha Lecky, said that the decision would help fast-track the exercise.

Mr Lecky told reporters that all the parties had given their consent to the revised guidelines.

According to the new document, accreditation and voting will go on simultaneously while ad-hoc officials, observers and journalists are to be given life jackets because of the terrain.

Materials had earlier been distributed to Registration Area Center to make room for easy movement of the materials to polling units.

“There is a lot of benefit in doing that. This means that we will conclude the polling quite early,” Mr Lecky said in optimism.

According to the INEC official, the polling units will open by 8:00am, with a plan to close voting by 2:00pm local time.

Security has also been beefed up with the police deploying more officials in the state.

The Southern Ijaw Local Government Election was cancelled on the December 7, 2015, due to violence, ballot box snatching and stuffing, harassment and abduction of electoral officials.

Southern Ijaw Local Government has a total of 120, 827 registered voters, 425 Polling Units and five Voting Points.

Thirty-eight thousand registered voters in 102 Polling Units across six Local Governments – Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Sagbama, Yenagoa and Ogbia – will also participate in the election to conclude the Bayelsa State governorship election earlier scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015.

INEC Schedules Bayelsa’s Southern Ijaw Election For January 9

taraba electio has been termed as the voice of the peopleThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on January 9 to conclude the election it declared inconclusive.

The electoral body scheduled the conduct of the election after a consultative meeting with leaders of political parties who fielded candidates in the Saturday, December 5, Bayelsa State governorship election and the candidates who contested the election at the INEC headquarters on Thursday.

A statement by the INEC said elections would also hold at other Polling Units where elections were cancelled.

At the meeting, participants re-affirmed the commitment to the Peace Accord signed by all contestants and political parties at the Peace Summit held in Yenagoa on Tuesday, November 11, for the conduct of free, fair and credible election in Bayelsa state.

They also agreed to decentralise the distribution of sensitive election materials and called for the neutrality of the security agencies.

It was also emphasised that the lead agency in the election should be the Nigerian Police while the INEC was told to ensure the functionality of the Smart Card Reader to eschew glitches in the election.

The INEC on Monday, December 7, cancelled the election in Southern Ijaw following widespread violence, ballot box snatching and abduction of electoral officials.

Army Explains Role In Bayelsa Governorship Election

Election voting stand in BayelsaThe Nigerian Army says its role in Bayelsa governorship election was to maintain a peaceful and violence-free atmosphere during the polls, dismissing allegations of partisanship.

It was an attempt to clear the air over the allegation that came up after the election that was declared inconclusive by the electoral body.

Brigadier General Stephenson Olabanji, told reporters on Sunday that military officials had focused on ‘Operation Safe Conduct’.

He was the commander, 2 Brigade, Bori-camp, in Port Harcourt and Head of the Unit that supervised the Bayelsa December 5 and 6 governorship election.

The military commander further told reporters that nine suspected thugs were arrested in relation to the violence that broke out and recovery of arms and ammunition.

The recovered arms and ammunition were shown to the reporters and the Brigadier General Olabanji said the arrested suspects had been handed over to officials of the Nigerian Police Force.

When the reporters met with the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki, he told them that the suspects had been moved to Abuja for further interrogation.

With the suspects already in police custody, the head of ‘Operation Safe Conduct’ said his officers were committed to supporting the civil police and other security agencies in providing a safe and secure environment whenever the concluding election is rescheduled.

He also called on residents of Bayelsa State to be wary of armed men who might be dressed in the uniform of the security agencies but without proper identification.