INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a press convention in Abuja on February 14, 2020. Photographs: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.
The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has launched the reviewed results 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 because the winner of the November 16, 2019 ballot.
Within the new end result launched on the INEC headquarters in Abuja on Friday, the electoral umpire, nonetheless, excluded the APC from the end result sheet.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, informed a information convention that the fee took the choice after the Supreme Courtroom sack Lyon because the governor-elect of the state.
He stated, “The fee has acquired the Licensed True Copy (CTC) of the judgement of the apex courtroom which disqualified the deputy governorship candidate and vitiated the joint ticket of the get together earlier declared winner within the election.
“The courtroom additionally ordered the fee to “…declare as winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa State the candidate with the best variety of lawful votes solid with the requisite constitutional (or geographical unfold)”.
In compliance with the orders of the courtroom, Yakubu revealed that INEC convened a gathering to evaluation the results of the election through which 45 political events contested.
With out the votes scored by the APC, he put the entire variety of lawful and legitimate votes solid within the election at 146,999.
Out of this determine, the INEC chairman acknowledged that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), Senator Douye Diri, scored the best variety of lawful votes with 143,172.
He added that the get together scored greater than 25 per cent of the lawful votes solid in all of the eight Native Authorities Areas of the state.
In response to the INEC boss, the entire variety of registered voters in locations the place the election was not held or cancelled because of sundry violations is 90,822 whereas the candidate of the Accord get together has the subsequent highest rating with 1,339 votes.
“The margin of lead between the candidates of the PDP and the Accord get together is 141,833 votes. With this consequence, 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,” he declared.
Yakubu famous that the tenure of the incumbent governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, would finish at midnight on February 14, 2020.
Thereafter, the governor and deputy governor-elect have been introduced with the Certificates of Return, in keeping with Part 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
See the total listing of the end result as launched by INEC beneath: