JOHN ONAH, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has declared Senator Diri Douye of the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) as governor elect of Bayelsa state, following Thursday’s Supreme Court judgment that sacked David Lyon as the governor elect in the Nov. 16, 2019 Bayelsa governorship election.
Briefing newsmen, the chairman of the commission, professor Mahmood Yakubu said the commission has received the certified true copy of the judgment of the apex court which disqualified the deputy Governorship candidate and vitiated the joint ticket of the party APC earlier declared winner in the election.
Professor Yakubu said the court also ordered the governorship election in Bayelsa state the candidate with the highest number of lawful votes cast with the requisite constitutional spread be issued with the certificate of return.
The INEC Chairman disclosed that in compliance with the orders of Supreme Court, the commission met this morning and reviewed the result of the election and found out that the candidate of People’s Democratic Party PDP scored the highest votes cast.
He further explained that Consequently, Senator Diri Douye and Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo of the PDP are hereby declared winners and returned as Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa state respectively.
“The commission has disclosed that the tenure of the incumbent Governor of the state ends at midnight today and issued certificates of Return to the Governor and Deputy Governor elect respectively.
All is now set for Diri to be sworn-in as the winner of the election.
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 lNEC HEADQUARTERS ABUJA ON FRIDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2020
Honourable National Commissioners Secretary to the Commission Directors, The Media, Ladies and Gentlemen
1. I welcome you all to this briefing. As you are aware, the Supreme Court of Nigeria yesterday delivered a judgment in a pre-election suit on the Bayelsa State Governorship election held on 16‘“ November 2019. The Commission has received the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgment of the apex court which disqualified the Deputy Governorship candidate and vitiated the joint ticket of the party earlier declared winner in the election. The Court also ordered the Commission to “…declare as the winner of the Governorship election in Bayelsa State the candidate with the highest number of lawful votes cast with the requisite constitutional (or geographical spread)”.
2. In compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court, the Commission met this morning and reviewed the result of the election in which 45 political parties contested. Without the votes scored by the All Progressives Congress (APC), whose candidates were deemed not to have participated in the election, the total number of lawful and valid votes cast in the election now stands at 146,999. Out of this figure, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored the highest number of lawful votes with 143,172. Similarly, the Party has scored more than 25% of the lawful votes cast in all the eight (8) Local Government Areas of the State.
3. Furthermore, the total number of registered voters in places where an election was not held or canceled as a result of sundry violations is 90,822. The candidate of the Accord party has the next highest scorer with 1,339 votes. The margin of lead between the candidates of the PDP and the Accord party is 141,833 votes. With this outcome, the election is conclusive at first ballot.
4. 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.
5. The detailed result will be shared with you at this briefing and uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms shortly.
6. The Commission is aware that the tenure of the incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State ends at midnight today Friday 14th February 2020. Therefore, in fulfillment of the requirement of Section 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) the Certificates of Return to the Governor and Deputy Governor-elect will be presented to them immediately as ordered by the Supreme Court.