APC wins Bayelsa governorship polls, displaces PDP in Goodluck Jonathan’s state

APC wins Bayelsa governorship polls, displaces PDP in Goodluck Jonathan’s state

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon as won the Bayelsa state governorship election.

Lyon defeated his closest river, Duoye Diri, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Bayelsa state consists of eight local government areas including Brass, Ekeremo, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Nembe, Ogbia, Sagbama, Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa.

The result became official after results for Ekeremo local government trickled in; with the APC winning by polling 21,489 votes while the PDP polled 18,344 votes.

From the results announced at the collation centre in Yenagoa on Sunday, Lyon has won in six of the eight local governments while Duoye won in only two.

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In the results collated so far, Mr Lyon defeated Mr Diri in Nembe by polling 83,041 votes. Mr Diri, on his part, polled 874 in the local government.

In Brass LGA, the APC candidate polled 23,831 votes while the PDP candidate polled 10,410 votes.

For Kolokuma/Opokuma, the APC had 8,934 votes while the PDP had 15,360.

David Lyon

In Sagbama, Mr Diri of the PDP polled 60,339 votes to beat Mr Lyon who polled 7831.

For Ogbia, the PDP polled 13,763 votes while the APC polled 58,016 votes.

In Yenagoa, the APC candidate polled 24,607 votes while the PDP polled 19,184 votes.

As an additional requirement, the APC candidate also has to score a quarter of votes in at least five of the state’s eight local governments, a condition he has already met by winning in six local governments.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will also check to ensure that the margin of victory is more than the cancelled votes, without which a supplementary election would be ordered.

Meanwhile, Diri earlier 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.

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

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Mayowa Oladeji

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