Nigeria’s Election Management System Is Chaotic – Jiti Ogunye

Mr Jiti Ogunye

 

 

A legal practitioner, Mr Jiti Ogunye, has faulted the manner in which elections are being managed in the country.

He noted that the last two general elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were accompanied by a lot of challenges.

Ogunye, who was a guest on Channels Television’s special end of the year programme, 2019 End Of A Decade, on Tuesday decried the postponement of the elections.

He said, “Generally, I think we will all agree that our election management system is chaotic. Our country is diverse, it is big.

“People have pointed to India as the biggest democracy on earth that they conducted election in a business-like manner without much violence and all that; so, why can’t Nigeria do so?”

READ ALSO: Democracy ‘Would Have Collapsed’ In 2015 If Jega Had Caved In – Garba Shehu

“It is still very likely that even with the unfortunate postponement we had in 2015 and the one that we had this year; in the future, it is still possible that we are going to have that kind of problem,” the lawyer added.

He, however, called on the government to rise up to its responsibility and address the many challenges facing threatening the conduct of elections.

Ogunye proposed the adoption of a digital system to conduct elections, stressing that this would serve as a quick fix to some of the problems.

According to him, going digital will immediately eliminate the issue of ballot box snatching and make the conduct of elections cheaper and less cumbersome.

The lawyer said, “The point is that from what we can see, we will have to keep fit with the possibility of digitising our electoral system to solve many of the problems that we encounter while conducting an election.”

He listed some of the challenges to include logistics, violence, electoral malpractices and sharp practices by electoral officials and politicians among others.

Court Reverses Disqualification Of Bayelsa Deputy Governor-Elect

Court To Decide Certificate Case Against Buhari Today
A file photo of the Court of Appeal in Abuja

 

 

An Appeal Court in Abuja has reversed the judgment of a Federal Hight Court disqualifying the Deputy-Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo from participating in the Bayelsa State governorship election on November 16.

This comes as Senator Degi-Eremienyo who is now the deputy governor-elect challenged the High Court verdict that restrained him from taking part in the recently concluded poll.

Justice Iyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had on November 12 disqualified the lawmaker for allegedly supplying false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of requirement for the governorship poll.

READ ALSO: Court Disqualifies Bayelsa APC Deputy Governorship Candidate

In a judgment, Justice Ekwo said Senator Degi-Eremienyo gave false information in relation to his educational qualifications and went ahead to depose to an affidavit to correct the discrepancies.

The judge held that all his documents bore different names.

But in his ruling on Monday, a three-man panel chaired by Justice Stephen Adah held that the High Court erred in law and in breach of the appellant’s right to a fair hearing.

According to him, the case which was brought under Section 36 of the Electoral Act is criminal in nature and the respondents in the case ought to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Senator Degi-Eremienyo gave false information in his form C001 submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as part of his qualifications to contest the election.

The Appellant Court held that more so the lawmaker submitted an affidavit sworn to court to prove that the names Adeyi-Eremienyo on his school-leaving certificate is one and the same as Degi-Eremienyo on his GCE certificate and newspaper cuttings announcing to the whole world a change in name and same was not challenged by the respondents in the lower court as such the findings of the lower court are erroneous.

The trial judge concluded by saying that “I agree with the appellant that the owner of the school leaving certificate and the GCE certificate are one and the same and I therefore set aside the judgment of the court below.”

 

 

 

Algerians Await Outcome Of Election Marred By Violence, Low Turnout

An Algerian woman chants slogans as she takes part in an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on December 12, 2019 during the presidential election. RYAD KRAMDI / AFP

 

Algerians awaited the outcome Friday of a widely unpopular presidential election marred by attacks on polling stations and the lowest turnout in the country’s history.

The election had been championed by the army as a way of restoring stability almost 10 months into a protest movement that in April ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 82, after two decades in office.

But on polling day Thursday, protesters defied a heavy police presence to hold a mass rally in the heart of the capital Algiers and smaller demonstrations in provincial cities.

The electoral authority said its chairman Mohamed Charfi would release the results at 11 am (1000 GMT), an announcement that could prompt tens of thousands of election opponents to pour out onto the streets in new protests.

All five of the candidates in Thursday’s vote were widely rejected by protesters as “children of the regime”.

Among them are two of the ousted leader’s former prime ministers — Abdelmajid Tebboune, 74, and Ali Benflis, 75 — and a former minister, Azzedine Mihoubi.

If none of the five hopefuls wins a majority, Algerians will be asked to return to the polls on a date still to be set between December 31 and January 9 for a second-round runoff that could trigger further unrest.

No exit polls were published but a spokesman for Tebboune said his candidate had won an outright majority.

Turnout at record low

On Thursday, a record six in 10 Algerians abstained, Charfi said, the highest rate for a multi-party election since independence from France in 1962.

Tens of thousands rallied in central Algiers, where police with water cannon and helicopters tried to disperse protesters.

“The people want independence,” demonstrators chanted after breaking through a police cordon and filling the streets outside the Central Post Office, their rallying point through more than 40 weeks of protest.

AFP reporters saw a group storming a polling station in the capital, suspending voting there for about half an hour before police pushed them out again.

Late in the afternoon, an AFP reporter saw police using baton charges to disperse remaining protesters.

After dark, witnesses reported ongoing scuffles between police and protesters in the Belouizdad neighbourhood close to the city centre.

In the mountain region of Kabylie, home to much of the country’s Berber minority and historically opposed to the central government, protesters ransacked polling stations and clashed with police, residents said.

In the city of Bejaia, two polling stations were attacked. In Tizi Ouzou, security forces fired teargas to disperse a crowd who had surrounded a government building, triggering a standoff into the night in which several people were wounded.

‘Mired in crisis’

In central Algiers, young protesters slammed those casting their ballots as “traitors of the nation”.

That earned a sharp rebuke from one man in his 80s: “I fought for the right to vote, so I’m voting for my country.”

Other voters said they had turned out because after nearly a year of turmoil it was time for a return to stability.

“I am voting because I am afraid that the country will get mired in the crisis,” said Karim, a 28-year-old civil servant.

Sid Ali, a 48-year-old merchant in Algiers, said: “I support the Hirak (protest) movement but it needs to end. I lost 70 percent of my turnover and many traders are in my situation.”

‘No to the system’

Whoever wins will struggle to be accepted by the electorate in the North African country, where many citizens see the government as inept, corrupt and unable to manage the flagging economy.

The “Hirak” street movement kicked off when Bouteflika announced in February that he would seek a fifth term in office.

Protesters have stayed on the streets ever since, demanding the total dismantling of the system that has ruled Algeria since independence.

The military high command, which long wielded power from the shadows, has been forced to take a more visible role and has pushed for the election as a way to withdraw behind the scenes again.

Demonstrators have vented their anger at army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah, who has emerged as Algeria’s de facto strongman since Bouteflika stepped down.

A previous poll set for July was scrapped for lack of viable candidates and interim president Abdelkader Bensalah’s term technically ended five months ago.

 

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INEC Compensates Family Of Corps Member Who Died In Oyo

INEC REC in Oyo, Mutiu Agboke, with relatives of late Abimbola Adeniran at the commission’s office in Ibadan, the state capital.

 

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has compensated the family of a corps member who died, Abimbola Adeniran, in an auto crash during the general elections in Oyo State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Mutiu Agboke, presented a cheque to the family of the lady on Friday at his office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He condoled with Abimbola’s family and encouraged them to see their daughter as a heroine who paid the ultimate price for a better nation.

READ ALSO: Family, Prophet Trade Blame Over Disappearance Of Minor From Ondo Church

According to him, INEC will do all within its power to nurture the relationship it has with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and other ad-hoc staff community.

Agboke added that INEC recognises the critical mass represented by the ad-hoc staff during the electoral process and would continue to do all necessary to keep them safe.

He, therefore, called on the entire ad-hoc staff community not to be deterred by Abimbola’s death but to renew their determination for service to Nigeria and mankind.

The REC also asked politicians to stop the ‘do or die’ attitude during elections and allow the electorate to freely choose their leaders without violence, intimidation or harassment.

Missus Folasade Adeyemi, who received the cheque on behalf of Abimbola’s family, thanked the electoral body for commiserating with them and remembering their daughter.

Kogi/Bayelsa Elections: Lawan, Gbajabiamila Congratulate Bello, Lyon

File Photo: Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Reps Femi Gbajabiamila

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidates on their victory in the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

Lawan particularly rejoiced with the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on his reelection and David Lyon for making history as the first governor Bayelsa has elected on a platform different from the outgoing ruling party in the state.

The Senate President praised President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring a level playing field that enabled the people to assert their sovereignty and choose their leaders.

“The impressive turnout of voters in the two states is a ringing endorsement of democracy by Nigerians as their preferred system, notwithstanding its current challenges,” Lawan said in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi.

Lawan also thanked the security personnel for their sacrifices for peace and order in the face of great difficulties.

The Senate President enjoined the winners to be magnanimous in victory by accommodating all sections of the state in their governments and development agenda.

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Lawan also admonished the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, to learn from the challenges experienced in the two states with a view to constantly improving its institutional performance and the electoral process.

The Senate President called on the relevant agencies to ensure thorough prosecution of the electoral offenders in the two states to serve as deterrence to others.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has also congratulated the winners.

In a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila said the victory recorded by the APC candidates in the two states was an indication of the wide acceptance that the party enjoys.

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

The Speaker said Bayelsa State, in particular, has now joined the Next Level train, having seen the massive change driven by the APC-led government at the federal level.

“It is gladdening to know that our party, the APC, came out victorious in the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states. This is a testimony that Nigerians across the length and breadth of the country are beginning to realise what the APC means for the country.

“This victory is not for the party or its members alone, but for the entirety of Nigerians.

“May I call on the two governors-elect to be magnanimous in victory. The APC stands for the good of Nigerians, and I know the two governors-elect are part of the journey to make Nigeria better,” the Speaker said.

He called on the people of the two states, including members of the opposition parties, to join hands with the governors-elect to make their states great.

Yahaya Bello Re-Elected Kogi State Governor

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has been re-elected as the governor of the state.

Governor Bello was returned elected on Monday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), having scored the highest number of votes in the keenly contested poll.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, made the declaration at the INEC office in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

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

The APC candidate polled a total of 406,222 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 189,704 votes.

On her part, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti, garnered a total of 9,482 votes.

Professor Umar declared the winner following the collation of results from all 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, an exercise which lasted more than 24 hours.

After several hours of collating the results from 19 LGAs, Professor Umar had announced on Sunday night that the exercise would continue on Monday morning.

Of the results collated before the exercise was suspended, it was a close battle between Bello who won 10 LGAs and Wada who claimed nine LGAs while Natasha had yet to win any local government.

 

Violent Election?

At the resumption of the exercise, the results of the remaining two local governments – Ibaji and Lokoja – were collated, paving the way for the declaration of the winner of the election.

Announcing the final results of the election, the returning officer noted that a total of 1,646,350 people registered for the election while 636,202 were accredited to vote.

He explained that the margin between the winner of the election and the runner-up was 216,518 votes.

READ ALSO: Kogi West Senatorial Rerun: INEC Declares Election Inconclusive

It was a tough day in Kogi and Bayelsa States where INEC conducted elections on Saturday last week as the exercise recorded loss of lives, attack on polling units by suspected thugs, and ballot box snatching among other unfortunate incidents.

While residents of both states headed to various polling units in their respective local governments to cast their votes, the people of Kogi West senatorial district had an extra duty to perform.

The electorate in the senatorial zone also voted in the rerun election to choose who would represent them in the Senate chamber of the National Assembly between Senator Dino Melaye of the PDP and APC’s Senator Smart Adeyemi.

Although the poll favoured Senator Adeyemi who scored 80,118 votes as against the 59,548 votes garnered by Senator Melaye, the election was declared inconclusive.

The returning officer for the election, Professor Olayinde Lawal, explained that the margin of 20,570 votes between both candidates was lower than the 43,127 registered voters in 53 polling units of 20 registration areas in the zone where elections were cancelled.

He informed party agents and others present at the collation centre that he was constrained by the law to declare a winner in such a situation.

See the table below:

LGA

APC

PDP

SDP

ADAVI

64,657

366

279

AJAOKUTA

17,952

5,565

323

ANKPA

11,269

28,108

399

BASSA

8,386

9,724

269

DEKINA

8,948

16,575

321

IBAJI

12,682

10,504

221

IDAH

4,602

13,962

221

IGALA MELA/ODOLU

8,075

11,195

208

IJUMU

11,425

7,587

223

KABBA/BUNU

15,364

8,084

364

KOTON KARFE

14,097

9,404

657

LOKOJA

19,457

11,059

772

MOPA-MURO

4,953

3,581

95

OFU

11,006

12,264

531

OGORI/MAGONGO

3,679

2,145

244

OKEHI

36,954

478

3,095

OKENE

112,762

139

50

OLAMABORO

16,876

8,155

262

OMALA

8,473

14,403

567

YAGBA EAST

6,735

7,546

220

YAGBA WEST

7,868

8,860

211

TOTAL

406,222

189,704

9,482

INEC Resumes Collation Of Kogi Election Results

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resumed the collation of results of the governorship election in Kogi State.

This comes barely one day after the commission postponed the exercise till Monday, following the collation of results from 19 out of the 21 local government areas of the state.

INEC’s Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, had informed party agents and others at the collation centre on Sunday that the exercise would continue by 9am.

READ ALSO: INEC Suspends Collation Of Kogi Election Results Till Monday

He explained that the announcement was necessary as the results of the election in the remaining two local governments have yet to be brought to the collation centre.

Catch the live updates from the collation centre in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital below:


 

See the table of results of the KOGI GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION announced so far below:

LGA

APC

PDP

SDP

ADAVI

64,657

366

279

AJAOKUTA

17,952

5,565

323

ANKPA

11,269

28,108

399

BASSA

8,386

9,724

269

DEKINA

8,948

16,575

321

IBAJI

12,682

10,504

221

IDAH

4,602

13,962

221

IGALA MELA/ODOLU

8,075

11,195

208

IJUMU

11,425

7,587

223

KABBA/BUNU

15,364

8,084

364

KOTON KARFE

14,097

9,404

657

LOKOJA

19,457

11,059

772

MOPA-MURO

4,953

3,581

95

OFU

11,006

12,264

531

OGORI/MAGONGO

3,679

2,145

244

OKEHI

36,954

478

3,095

OKENE

112,762

139

50

OLAMABORO

16,876

8,155

262

OMALA

8,473

14,403

567

YAGBA EAST

6,735

7,546

220

YAGBA WEST

7,868

8,860

211

TOTAL

406,222

189,704

9,482


11:56 AM: INEC’s Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar, declares Governor Yahaya Bello as the winner of the election. READ MORE…


10:35 AM

Lokoja LGA

APC – 19,457
PDP – 11,059
SDP – 772


9:55 AM

Ibaji LGA

APC – 12,682
PDP – 10,504
SDP – 221


November 18, 2019.


7:27 PM: INEC’s Returning Officer, Professor Ibrahim Umar, announces that collation of results will continue on Monday.

READ MORE: INEC Suspends Collation Of Kogi Election Results Till Monday


06:53 PM

Dekina LGA

APC – 8,948

PDP – 16,575

SDP – 321


04:15 PM

Bassa LGA

APC – 8,386

PDP – 9,724

SDP – 269


04:02 PM

Ofu LGA

APC – 11,006

PDP – 12,264

SDP – 531


03:39 PM:

Ankpa LGA

APC – 11,269

PDP – 28,108

SDP – 399


15:38 pm

Collation of results resumes.


14: 30pm

The Collation Center goes on an hour break. Meanwhile, collation of results is yet to commence for Bayelsa State.

14:24 pm

Yagba West

APC – 7,868

PDP – 8,860

SDP – 211

The Returning Officer reported that there was one case of ballot snatching.


14:05 pm

Olamaboro LGA

APC – 16,876

PDP – 8,155

SDP – 262


13:51 pm

Idah LGA

APC – 4,602

PDP – 13,962

SDP – 221

The Returning Officer stated that there were irregularities such as over-voting and card reader malfunction in some units.


 

13:39 pm:

Ajaokuta LGA

APC – 17952

PDP – 5,565

SDP – 323

 


13:33 pm

Mopa-muro LGA

APC – 4,953

PDP – 3,581

SDP – 95


13:17 pm

Okehi LGA

APC – 36,954

PDP – 478

SDP – 3,095


12:49 pm

Kabba/Bunu

Collation Officer returns to reannounce with results. He says there were some issues in about seven wards.

APC – 15,364

PDP – 8,084

SDP – 364


12:40 pm

Yagba East LGA

APC – 6,735

PDP – 7,546

SDP – 220


12:32 pm:

Koton Karfe LGA

APC – 14,097

PDP – 9,404

SDP – 657


12:07 pm:

Kabba/Bunu

APC – 15,364

PDP – 8,084

SDP – 364

The collation officer was, however, stopped from announcing further results and asked to go and reconcile figures for his summary.


11:48 am

Okene LGA

APC – 112,762

PDP – 139

SDP – 50


11:34 am: 

Igala Mela/Odolu

APC – 8,075

PDP – 11,195

SDP – 208


11:16 am

Adavi LGA

APC – 64,657

PDP – 366

SDP – 279

PDP agent rejected the results on the basis that the turnout of voters reported by the collation officer is ‘false’.


11:06 am

Omala LGA

APC – 8,473

PDP – 14,403

SDP – 567

According to the Returning Officer, results were cancelled in five Registration Areas due to violence and disruption of the electoral process and threats to life.


10:57: am

Ijumu LGA

APC – 11,425

PDP – 7, 587

SDP – 223

The Returning Officer reported cases of violence and card reader malfunction.


10:45 am

Ogori-Magongo LGA

APC – 3,679

PDP – 2,145

SDP – 244

According to the Returning Officer, elections were peaceful in this LG.


 

9:30 am: Results for Kogi gov election start arriving at Collation Centre

KOGI STATE


 

‘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.

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

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