APC Trying To Use Jonathan To Legitimise ‘Fraudulent’ Bayelsa Election – Dickson

 

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State says leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are trying to use the image of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to give legitimacy to the “fraud” which transpired on Saturday. 

Dickson’s statement comes on the heels of the victory of David Lyon, candidate of the APC in the Bayelsa governorship election.

After Mr. Lyon’s visit, APC leaders visited the former President Jonathan at his Bayelsa residence, a visit which raised eyebrows in different quarters and sent tongues wagging across the nation, with many suggesting that the former president was working with the APC.

In reaction to the claims, Governor Dickson said the former president has the right and liberty to receive dignitaries when they come into the Bayelsa.

READ ALSO: Bayelsa Election: David Lyon, Buhari’s ‘Brand New Baby Boy’, Says Oshiomhole

“Former President Jonathan who is a former leader of our country remains a leader of our country and is at liberty to receive dignitaries when they come into state”.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Mr. Dickson said it is unfair for people to attempt using such “blackmail” stories to reflect the true state of affairs in Bayelsa.

As regards the election, Dickson said what took place in Bayelsa on the 16th and 17th was not a democratic election.

According to Dickson: “It was a military coup against our democracy.

“It was the height of conspiracy by the Federal Government and security agents and with the umpire, INEC colluding and enabling in most cases the subversion of the democratic rights of our people for the sole purpose of achieving a pre-determined conclusion”.

‘Bayelsa Will Be Great Again,’ Lyon Reacts To Election Victory

A file photo of Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon. Photo: Twitter – @iamlyondavid

 

 

The Governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, has promised to make the state great again.

He made the pledge in a tweet on Monday, shortly before he was declared the winner of the keenly contested governorship election in Bayelsa.

In another tweet, Lyon thanked the people of the state for electing him and for their support during the exercise which held on Saturday.

READ ALSOINEC Declares APC’s David Lyon Winner Of Bayelsa Governorship Election

The tweets came before and after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa as the winner of the election.

 

INEC’s Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, declared Lyon as the winner after scoring the highest number of votes in the poll.

The APC candidate polled a total of 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival of the PDP who scored 143,172 votes.

Following the declaration, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated APC candidate on what he described as an “impressive victory”.

He, however, condemned the loss of lives in the state, particularly prior to the election and, commiserated with the families of the victims.

According to the President, it is unfortunate that pockets of unrest, mostly sponsored by desperate politicians were recorded during the poll.

He, therefore, promised to work with the incoming government to improve the lives of the people in Bayelsa, while ensuring the security of lives and property of all citizens.

Buhari Congratulates Lyon, Condemns Violence In Bayelsa

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon, at the Aso Villa in Abuja in October 2019.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, on his “impressive victory”.

He felicitated with the governor-elect in a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

The President also commended APC supporters in particular and Nigerians in general in Bayelsa who exercised their civic rights in a peaceful manner, despite the pockets of unrest recorded in some parts of the state.

He, however, condemned the loss of lives in the state, particularly prior to the election and, commiserated with the families of the victims.

“Violence during elections vitiates our commitment to demonstrate to the world and upcoming generation that we are a people capable of electing leaders in a peaceful and orderly manner,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in the statement.

READ ALSOINEC Declares APC’s David Lyon Winner Of Bayelsa Governorship Election

He noted that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies did their best within the ambit of the law to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

According to the President, it is unfortunate that pockets of unrest, mostly sponsored by desperate politicians were recorded during the poll.

He promised to work with the incoming government to improve the lives of the people in Bayelsa while ensuring the security of lives and property of all citizens.

President Buhari also urged the governor-elect to carry other divergent interests along in the next phase of governance.

He appealed to those aggrieved by the outcome of the election to seek redress through the constitutionally established channels.

INEC Declares APC’s David Lyon Winner Of Bayelsa Governorship Election

A file photo of Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon.

 

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr David Lyon, has won the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, announced this on Monday morning.

Professor Orunmuwese returned Lyon as the winner of the keenly contested election after scoring the highest number of votes in the poll.

The APC candidate polled a total of 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Duoye Diri, who scored 143,172 votes.

 

Six Of Eight

Residents of Bayelsa had taken to various polling units in their respective wards to cast their ballots in a bid to elect a new governor to succeed Mr Seriake Dickson who is about to complete his second term as governor of the state.

Governor Dickson had supported Mr Diri to succeed him in his bid to ensure the PDP continues to rule in Bayelsa, following the exit of the state’s former governor and present Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, from office in 2012.

He was, however, unable to achieve this as Diri suffered defeat to his APC rival with a difference of over 180,000 votes.

 

Meanwhile, the election was characterised with reports of violence and ballot snatching in some areas while some wards were merged together as a result of flooding.

The collation of results of the election across the eight local government areas of the state began on Sunday afternoon and lasted until the early hours of Monday.

Of the first six LGAs whose results were collated, Lyon dominated the election with a difference of over 80,000 votes and extended the lead by an additional 100,000 votes after the results of the remaining two local governments were collated.

The Governor-elect won in six LGAs while his PDP rival claimed the remaining two LGAs.

Lyon won in Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw, and Yenagoa LGAs while Diri won in Kolokuma/Opokuma and Sagbama LGAs.

Declaring the APC candidate as the winner, Professor Orunmuwese explained that a total of 505,884 votes were cast, out of which 499,551 were counted as valid votes.

He added that a total of 922,562 voters registered for the election but 517,883 voters were accredited.

See the table below:

S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

21,489

18,344

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

124,803

4,898

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL

352,552

143,172

Bayelsa Election: Soldiers ‘Chased Away’ Key PDP Stakeholders, Diri Alleges

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Duoye Diri, has faulted the outcome of the governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Diri, who addressed a news conference on Sunday, accused the Nigerian Army of intimidating agents and supporters of the PDP in Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

“The Nigerian Army is in Ogbia chasing away all PDP agents and all PDP key stakeholders from Ogbia, arresting most of our stakeholders; arresting all key stakeholders in Ogbia and as we speak, the Nigerian Army is there in Ogbia,” he told reporters while the collation of results from the eight LGAs in the state was ongoing at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yenagoa.

The PDP candidate added, “We want to use this opportunity to call on the soldiers who are in Ogbia to immediately withdraw from Ogbia Local Government Area.”

READ ALSO: INEC Declares APC’s David Lyon Winner Of Bayelsa Governorship Election

He alleged that some soldiers stormed the collation centre in Ogbia, stressing that such an action was unacceptable to his party.

PDP governorship candidate, Duoye Diri.

 

 

Diri also called on the electoral body to reject all the results from Ogbia LGA, claiming that they have been “doctored and tutored”.

“This is not the way our democracy will advance; this is not the way our democracy will progress,” he stressed.

The PDP candidate made the allegations hours before INEC returned the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr David Lyon, as the winner of the keenly contested election.

INEC’s Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, declared Lyon as the winner after scoring the highest number of votes in the poll.

The APC candidate polled a total of 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival of the PDP who scored 143,172 votes.

See the table below:

S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

21,489

18,344

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

124,803

4,898

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL

352,552

143,172

Kogi, Bayelsa Elections: We Remain Strong, United Against All Odds, Says PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that despite the results from the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, the party will remain strong and united in the face of all odds.

The party lost the 2019 governorship ticket in Bayelsa state to the All Progressives Congress, after holding the seat of power since 1999 when Diepreye Alamieyeseigha became the first civilian governor of the state.

In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described the conduct of the elections as destruction to the hope Nigerians had in Democratic practice.

“Nigerians and the entire world watched in horror as the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government trampled our democracy underfoot with an utmost impunity that can only be obtainable in Hitler’s Germany and Samuel Doe’s Liberia, where the lives and rights of citizens meant nothing to suppressive power mongers.

“The shameful elections conducted in Kogi and Bayelsa states have damaged the fate of Nigerians in a democratic order.

“Nevertheless, the PDP remains strong and united in the face of all odds. Nigeria is our nation and no individual or group can appropriate our collective sovereignty as a people at all times.”

READ ALSO: INEC Declares APC’s David Lyon Winner Of Bayelsa Governorship Election

The PDP spokesman added that the party will remain resilient and focused, despite the elections conducted.

“Our party will, therefore, continue to fully exert itself in upholding the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians despite the manipulations of the APC.

“The PDP urges Nigerians to remain resilient and focused. Our party will, in due course, address Nigerians on the way forward in the overall quest to retrieve stolen mandates, rescue our nation from dictatorial forces and reinforce democratic practice in our country.”

Bayelsa Election: APC Wins In Six LGAs, PDP Claims Two

A cross-section of party agents at the Bayelsa State governorship election collation centre in Yenagoa on November 17, 2019.

 

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr David Lyon, has won six out of the eight local government areas of Bayelsa State where the November 16 governorship election took place.

On the other hand, Mr Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the remaining two local governments in the state.

This comes as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) concludes the collation of results from all the local governments on Sunday night.

READ ALSO: Bayelsa Election: APC’s Lyon Leads By Over 86,000 Votes From Six LGAs

Mr Lyon took the lead with about 352,552 votes as against Diri who has about 143,172, with a difference of over 180,000 votes.

He won in Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe, Ogbia, Southern Ijaw, and Yenagoa LGAs while his PDP rival won in Kolokuma/Opokuma and Sagbama LGAs.

However, the Returning Officer of the election and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, will announce the winner of the election after all processes have been concluded.

See the result table below:

S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

21,489

18,344

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

124,803

4,898

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL

352,552

143,172

Collation Of Results For Bayelsa Governorship Election

 

A day after the residents of Bayelsa and Kogi States cast their ballots in the governorship elections in both states, voters are awaiting the results to know who will govern them for the next four years.

Results from the elections which held on Saturday have started trickling in at the collation centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the two states.

While this post focuses on the results being collated in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, CLICK HERE for the results announced so far for the governorship election in Kogi State.

The Returning Officer is Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State.


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S/N

LGA

APC

PDP

1

BRASS

23,831

10,410

2

EKEREMOR

21,489

18,344

3

KOLOKUMA/

OPOKUMA

8,934

15,360

4

NEMBE

83,041

874

5

OGBIA

58,016

13,763

6

SAGBAMA

7,831

60,339

7

SOUTHERN IJAW

124,803

4,898

8

YENAGOA

24,607

19,184

TOTAL


1:02 AM: INEC declares the APC candidate, Mr David Lyon, as winner of the election. READ HERE 


10:28 PM

Ekeremor LGA

APC – 21,489
PDP – 18,344


8:30 PM

Southern Ijaw LGA

APC – 124,803

PDP – 4,898


6:10 PM

Ogbia LGA
APC: 58,016
PDP: 13,763


5:40 PM

Yenagoa LGA
APC: 24,607
PDP: 19,184


5:15 PM

Brass LGA
APC: 23,831
PDP: 10,410


4:52 PM

Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA
APC: 8,934
PDP: 15,360


4:22 PM

Nembe LGA
APC: 83,041
PDP: 874


4:01 PM: A party agent alleges that there was no election in Sagbama LGA. He says there was no electoral material at a ward in Agbere until 6pm and the police were informed.

 


03:51 PM

Sagbama LGA

APC: 7,831

PDP: 60,339

 

PHOTOS: INEC Yet To Commence Collation Of Results In Bayelsa

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission has not commenced the collation of results for the Bayelsa State poll.

The election in Kogi and Bayelsa on Saturday was greatly marred by violence and other electoral malpractice. But while collation has kicked-off in Kogi, the electoral body is yet to begin the process in Bayelsa.

INEC officials were expected to begin the collation process at about 10.00am on Sunday, but as at the time of filing this report, the collation exercise is yet to begin.

Photos from around the INEC media centre where collation is expected to take place, show some electoral officers, accredited observers and journalists, waiting for the exercise to commence.

Below are some photos from Bayelsa, even as the people await collation and final results of the poll.

READ ALSO: Kogi Election: PDP Agent Rejects Results From Adavi, Okene

 

 

Kogi Election: Collation Officer Presents N50k Bribe Offered By Politicians In Igalamela-Odolu

 

The Collation officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Area of Kogi State, on Sunday, presented a fifty thousand naira bribe allegedly given to a presiding officer during Saturday’s election.

The collation officer made this presentation after reeling out figures of the poll conducted within the district.

READ ALSO: LIVE: Collation Of Results For Kogi, Bayelsa Governorship Elections

While presenting the sum at the INEC headquarters in the state, the collation officer did not state which political party had attempted the bribe.

The election in Kogi state witnessed a great deal of violence and enormous vote-buying.

Observers note that the issue of vote-buying was rampant even though INEC enlisted anti-graft agencies to checkmate the menace.

Governorship Polls: Protect Your Votes, PDP Tells Kogites, Bayelsans

Spokesman to the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the people of Kogi and Bayelsa state to remain at alert, resist all undemocratic brigand elements and take all legitimate steps to protect their votes to the very end.

In a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the party also charged INEC and security forces to ensure that nothing happens to the ballots at every level and that results reflect only the will of the people as expressed at the polling units.

The PDP cautioned that the people already know how they voted and already know the outcome of the polls at their respective polling units, and as such, they will never accept any alternation of results at the collation level.

READ ALSO: Sporadic Violence As Nigerians Vote In State Elections

The party also called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the military high command to be patriotic by taking measures to assist and protect the people, in their quest to protect their votes.

The PDP charged security forces to check the agents of the ruling party in Kogi State, who the PDP claims are moving around collation centers with armed hoodlums to compromise security personnel, shooting and disrupting collation processes in their desperation to subvert the aspiration of the people.

“The IGP should, therefore, beef up security at the collation centers to ensure that only legitimate votes count. This is because any result that does not reflect the will of the people will surely not be accepted,” the PDP stated.

Bayelsa Election: Police, INEC Officials Flee As Violence Erupts In Sagbama

 

Security operatives and electoral officials deployed at some polling units in Ward 5 within Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, fled on Saturday after fights broke out between supporters of various political parties. 

According to a Twitter post by an observer group, Situation Room, the fights broke out in polling units 1,5,6 and 7.

In its tweet, the Situation Room reported that ballot boxes were broken.

It further stated that some ballot boxes were snatched and others were thrown into the river.

READ ALSO: Bayelsa Election: Electoral Officials In Southern Ijaw Have Been Kidnapped – Dickson

The report from the Situation Room comes on the heels of claims by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State that violence has marred the election in some parts of his state.

According to Governor Dickson, many electoral officials in Southern Ijaw and some other parts of Bayelsa State have been kidnapped.

Speaking after he cast his vote at his Polling Unit 5, Ward 2, Sagbama, the Governor accused security agencies of conniving with the All Progressives Congress to rig the state governorship election.

He said, “As we are speaking, in this day and age, gun-wielding militiamen, with the aid of security forces, have overrun hapless electoral officials.

“Most of the electoral officials in Southern Ijaw, as we speak, are kidnapped and held hostage.”

Governor Dickson said it is very sad that no election was held in Southern Ijaw.

He called on President Buhari to act and ensure that security operatives work in the best interest of the Bayelsa people.

“Way forward, I call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, even though he has decided to look the other way since 2015.

“The President has to wake to do something. This is not a democracy. The observers are here and they know what is going on.

”I call on the President to call the security forces to order. I call on the IG of Police to do his duty to protect the people of Bayelsa State.”