By Stella Williams
The Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC Monday declared Chief David Lyon candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the 2019 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State.
Declaring the result, the returning officer, Professor Orumwense Osasere of the University of Benin, declared the APC candidate winner having polled a total of 352,552 votes to defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Douye Diri who scored a total of 143,172 votes.
Osasere noted that the total number of accredited voters is 517,883 while a total of 495,724 votes were recorded as valid, just as he said the state has the total 923,182 registered voters.
Professor Osasere said distribution of cast votes show Lyon polled 124,803 votes in Southern Ijaw Local Government while Douye Diri scored 4,898.
According to INEC the APC had 83,041 votes in Nembe, 24,607 in Yenagoa, 7,831 in Sagbama, in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government the APC scored 8,934, 23,831 in Brass, 58,016 in Ogbia and 21,489 in Ekeremor Local Government Area, while PDP polled 874 votes in Nembe, 19,184 in Yenagoa, 60,339 in Sagbama, 15,360 in Kolokuma/Opokuma, 10,410 in Brass, 13,763 in Ogbia and 18,344 in Ekeremor.
Addressing journalists at his residence shortly after He was declared winner, Lyon promised to solve the problem of insecurity, joblessness and infrastructural deficiency in the state when sworn-in come February next year.
He assured the people that he will not disappoint them, “we shall work for development and growth of the state together.” He added.
Reacting to the announcement of the result, the PDP collation agent at the INEC gubernatorial collation centre Dr. Osusu O. Osusu said with the current result Nigeria is gradually tilting into a one party state.
According to Him, winning election through violence, lawlessness and recruitment of thugs is not good for Democracy.