INEC Declares Duoye Diri Winner Of Bayelsa Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Friday, declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Duoye Diri, as the winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, who made this announcement on Friday at the INEC headquarters in Abuja said the certificate of return will be issued immediately to the winner in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court, which sacked David Lyon 24 hours to his inauguration.

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Yakubu while briefing journalists at the INEC Headquarters confirmed receiving the true certified judgement of the court.

According to him, the commission met on Friday morning to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC which have been voided by the court.

The total votes cast after excluding those of the APC now stand at 146,999. PDP polled 143,172 and scored 25 percent as required by the law.

However, Diri arrived just a  few minutes after INEC’s pronouncement, with his deputy in the electoral’s body headquarters in Abuja to receive the Certificate of Return and was also accompanied by dozens of his supporters, including some leaders of the PDP.

Yetunde Adegoke

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