The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) on Friday declared Senator Douye Diri because the winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa State.
Senator Diri contested the election held on November 16 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP).
Days later, INEC had returned elected the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon, however the Supreme Court docket nullified his election on Thursday.
The decision of the apex court docket triggered shock and disapproval from the APC camp as PDP supporters took to the streets in jubilation.
Amid numerous interpretations of the choice of the Supreme Court docket, the electoral umpire mentioned it had obtained the Licensed True Copy (CTC) of the judgement.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, who addressed a press convention on the fee’s headquarters in Abuja, defined how they arrived on the choice to declare Senator Diri because the winner of the train.
MEDIA BRIEFING BY THE CHAIRMAN INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION INEC PROFESSOR MAHMOOD YAKUBU ON THE JUDGEMENT OF THE SUPREME COURT ON THE BAYELSA GOVERNORSIIIP ELECTION HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, INEC HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA ON FRIDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2020.
Honourable Nationwide Commissioners Secretary to the Fee
Administrators The Media Women and Gents
I welcome you all to this briefing. As you might be conscious, the Supreme Court docket of Nigeria yesterday delivered a judgement in a pre-election swimsuit on the Bayelsa State Governorship election held on 16‘“ November 2019.
The Fee has obtained the Licensed True Copy (CTC) of the judgement of the apex court docket which disqualified the Deputy Governorship candidate and vitiated the joint ticket of the social gathering earlier declared winner within the election.
The Court docket additionally ordered the Fee to “…declare as winner of the Governorship election in Bayelsa State the candidate with the very best variety of lawful votes forged with the requisite constitutional (or geographical unfold)”.
In compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court docket, the Fee met this morning and reviewed the results of the election during which 45 political events contested.
With out the votes scored by the All Progressives Congress (APC), whose candidates have been deemed to not have participated within the election, the full variety of lawful and legitimate votes forged within the election now stands at 146,999.
Out of this determine, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) scored the very best variety of lawful votes with 143,172.
Equally, the Occasion has scored greater than 25% of the lawful votes forged in all of the eight (eight) Native Authorities Areas of the State.
Moreover, the full variety of registered voters in locations the place election was not held or cancelled because of sundry violations is 90,822.
The candidate of the Accord social gathering has the following highest rating with 1,339 votes.
The margin of lead between the candidates of the PDP and the Accord social gathering is 141,833 votes. With this end result, the election is conclusive at first poll.
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.
The detailed consequence will likely be shared with you at this briefing and uploaded on the Fee’s web site and social media platforms shortly.
The Fee is conscious that the tenure of the incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State ends at midnight in the present day Friday 14th February 2020.
Subsequently, in fulfilment of the requirement of Part 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) the Certificates of Return to the Governor and Deputy Governor-elect will likely be introduced to them instantly as ordered by the Supreme Court docket.