The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Friday, has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri, as the winner of the Bayelsa governorship election.
Addressing the media in Abuja, chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said by the virtue of the Supreme Court’s judgment which disqualified APC candidates from the election, the total number of votes cast now stands at 146,999 and the candidate of the PDP scored 143,172 with a geographical spread.
The Supreme Court had ruled that Lyon’s Deputy, Degi Ereminyo, submitted forged certificates that disqualified the joint ticket and nomination. The governorship election which took place on November 16, 2019, was nullified.
The court asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to them and reissue the same to the next party with the required constitutional spread.
He said that the commission would give him the Certificate of Return in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court, which sacked David Lyon 24 hours to his inauguration.