Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, has been declared winner of the state’s 2019 governorship election held in Saturday.
The election witnessed violence in parts of the state with at least one person killed, according to observers.
Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin and the returning officer in the election, Faraday Orumwese, who announced the results on Monday morning said Mr Lyon polled 352,552 votes to defeat Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 143, 172 votes.
The total number of registered voters was announced as 922, 562 and the number of accredited voters was put at 517,883.
The APC candidate won in 6 of the 8 local governments in the state.
According to results announced in Southern Ijaw local government, the APC candidate polled 124,803 votes to defeat his closest rival in PDP who polled 4,898 votes. The APC candidate hails from the local government.
In Ekeremo local government, the number of registered voters was announced as 125,189 while accredited voters were 41,423. APC won by polling 21,489 votes while the PDP polled 18,344 votes.
Lyon also defeated Mr Diri in Nembe by polling 83,041 votes. Mr Diri, on his part, polled 874 in the local government.
In Kolokuma/Opokuma, the APC had 8,934 votes while the PDP had 15,360.
In Sagbama, Mr Diri of the PDP polled 60,339 votes to beat Mr Lyon who polled 7831.
In Ogbia, the PDP polled 13,763 votes while the APC polled 58,016 votes.
In Yenagoa, the APC candidate polled 24,607 votes while the PDP polled 19,184 votes.
The total number of votes cast was put at 505,884; rejected votes were 6,333; and number of valid votes were put at 499,511.
“That Lyon David of APC having satisfied the requirement of the law is hereby declared winner and returned elected,” Mr Orumwese said in his declaration on Monday.
APC’s victory in Bayelsa known to be one of the strongholds of the PDP has come as a surprise to many. But it is the consequence of alienation of several PDP stakeholders, including former president Goodluck Jonathan by the outgoing governor of the state, Henry Seriake Dickson.
Business Hallmark had gone to Bayelsa in the day leading up to the election to access the situation on ground. And in a report, predicted the likelihood of APC victory in the state.