The incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Seriake Dickson, has emerged winner after scoring the most vote in the Bayelsa State governorship election.
With the results of all the local governments announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Hon. Dickson scored a total of 134,998 votes to beat former governor of the state,
and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Timipre Sylva, who scored 86,852 votes.
INEC subsequently fixed January 9, 2016 for a supplementary election in the affected local government and some polling units in other local governments where election did not hold on December 5.
Below is the final Result of the election as announced by the Returning Officer, Zana Akpagbu:
Total registered voters 654493; Accredited voters 242,114
Votes earned by political parties:
Total valid votes 225,520
Rejected votes 6,647
Total votes cast 232,167
In the meantime, Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has hailed the re-election of the Bayelsa State Govwernor, Seriake Dickson, describing it as a demonstration of the resolve of Bayelsa people to choose their own governor and resist imposition of a governor on them by the powers- that- be in Abuja.
The governor, who described the people of Bayelsa as “worthy heroes of democracy that stood their ground against agents of darkness that were prepared to short-change them by imposing a governor they do not want on them,” said Governor Dickson’s victory was another vindication of his prediction on 20 things to expect this year.
Governor Fayose said in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka that it was shameful that several people were killed in an election in Bayelsa
State with eight Local Government areas in which more than 20,000 security operatives, including soldiers were deployed.
“If the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could not conduct a free and fair election in just eight Local Governments in one month, one wonders how long it will take INEC to conduct the
Presidential election that will be held in 774 Local Governments in 2019,” the governor said. He lamented that the legacy of free, fair and credible elections bequeathed to Nigeria by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan was already being destroyed by the President
Muhammadu Buhari- led All Progressives Congress (APC) government owing to the APC’s desperation to take over all states in the country by crude means.
“The people of Bayelsa have shown that their power is more than that of the Abuja political oppressors. They have shown that tyranny can be defeated through the collective will of the people.
“I congratulate Governor Dickson for this sweet victory. I salute Bayelsa people for standing firm against terror. I sympathise with families of those who were murdered and I urge Nigerians to take note of the systematic destruction of democracy by the APC government in Abuja,” he said.
However, youth leaders from Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State yesterday called for the cancellation of the election as a result of alleged irregularities during the election and the inconsistencies in the result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the governorship election in the area.
They lamented that in spite of the series of official complaints by genuine voters and the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the local government, officials of the commission choose to look the other way.
The State Youth Leader of the APC, Edison Sorgwe and a chieftain of the party, Alaowei Opukeme-Jonah, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved voters of the area, said the result announced by the INEC’s collation officer for the PDP, APC and other political parties are inconsistent with the number of rejected votes and cancelled votes.
The aggrieved indigenes of the council insisted that since the INEC cited cases of ballot snatching, irregularities and violence as the excuse for cancellation of the governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government area, the election in Yenagoa should also be cancelled due to the cases of electoral offences recorded in some units.
This, according to them, include cases of ballot snatching and violence in which eight members of the party are undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the state due to injuries sustained in the attacks from political thugs.