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INEC declares PDP’s Diri Bayelsa Gov-elect

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced Senator Douye Diri as the governor-elect of Bayelsa state following  the Supreme Court’s judgement that sacked David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who briefed the press, said the commission has received the certified true copy of the supreme court and reviewed the election result which 45 parties participated in.

He said of the remaining lawful votes after the cancellation of votes recorded by the APC, the PDP won the election.

He said Diri and his deputy would be presented with the certificate of return (CoR) to enable them be sworn-in.

Recall that the sack of Lyon by the Apex Court on Thursday, has led to uncertainty over who will be sworn in as governor of the oil-rich state as the outgoing chief executive, Seriake Dickson, rounds off his tenure today.

Lawyers and analysts said last night that unless INEC takes a firm decision, the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Obolo may likely be sworn in today to fill the vacuum that will be created by the exit of Dickson.

This followed the confusion trailing the verdict of the Supreme Court on the November 16 governorship election in the state.

The apex court yesterday sacked the governor-elect, David Lyon and his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo who won under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and were billed to be sworn-in today.

With the sacking of the duo, the political party that got 25 per cent of the total votes cast in 2/3 of the local government areas of the state would produce the governor.

Now that all the votes scored by the APC have been nullified by the apex court, it was not clear last night as to whether the PDP will carry the day. There are eight local government areas in Bayelsa State and PDP and its candidate won conveniently in two of them.

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