Breaking: INEC presents Certificate of Returns to Douye Diri

By Benjamin Idakwo

In line with the Supreme Court judgement yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has presented certificate of return to the new Governor-elect of Bayelsa, Mr. Douye Driri.

INEC had declared Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa following the nullification of the election of David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Briefing newsmen after its emergency meeting in Abuja on Friday, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said that with the disqualification of Lyon of the APC, the total number of valid votes now stood at 149,999.

He said out of this, Diri polled 143,172, and similarly scored more that 25 percent of lawful votes cast in all eight Local Governments.

INEC boss explained that the number of cancelled votes stood at 90,822, while APGA’s candidate, which is Diri’s closest rival, scored a paltry 1,299 votes.

Yakubu said that with the number of votes garnered by Diri, the election was conclusive and that the PDP’s candidate had been declared winner of the poll.

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