The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has just declared the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State, Senator Duoye Diri as the winner of the election.
The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, who made this announcement at the INEC headquarters in Abuja said the declaration followed the ruling of the Supreme Court which yesterday nullified the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Lyon. He also confirmed receiving the true certified copy of the judgement of the court and said a Certificate of Return will be issued to Duoye Diri immediad
The commission met on Friday morning to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC which have now 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.
This is a fallout from the ruling of the Supreme Court yesterday, nullifying the candidature of the APC candidate and previously declared winner, David Lyon. His candidature was nullified as a result of fake certificates tendered by his running mate who eventually became the deputy governor-elect, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, to INEC. The Supreme Court had stated that since they ran on a joint ticket, what affected the peputy affected the Principal.