Media Briefing By INEC Chief, Mahmood Yakubu On The Bayelsa Governorship Winner’s Ruling By The Supreme Court

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MEDIA BRIEFING BY THE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROFESSOR MAHMOOD YAKUBU, ON THE JUDGEMENT OF THE SUPREME COURT ON THE BAYELSA GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, INEC HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA, ON FRIDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2020

Honourable National Commissioners
Secretary to the Commission
Directors
The Media
Ladies and Gentlemen

1. I welcome you all to this briefing. As you are aware, the Supreme Court of Nigeria yesterday delivered a judgement in a pre-election suit on the Bayelsa State Governorship election held on 16th November 2019. The Commission has received the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement of the apex court which disqualified the Deputy Governorship candidate and vitiated the joint ticket of the party earlier declared winner in the election. The Court also ordered the Commission to “…declare as winner of the Governorship election in Bayelsa State the candidate with the highest number of lawful votes cast with the requisite constitutional (or geographical spread)”.

2. In compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court, the Commission met this morning and reviewed the result of the election in which 45 political parties contested. Without the votes scored by the All Progressives Congress (APC), whose candidates were deemed not to have participated in the election, the total number of lawful and valid votes cast in the election now stand at 146,999. Out of this figure, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored the highest number of lawful votes with 143,172. Similarly, the Party has scored more than 25% of the lawful votes cast in all the eight (8) Local Government Areas of the State.

3. Furthermore, the total number of registered voters in places where election was not held or cancelled as a result of sundry violations is 90,822. The candidate of the Accord party has the next highest score with 1,339 votes. The margin of lead between the candidates of the PDP and the Accord party is 141,833 votes. With this outcome, the election is conclusive at first ballot.

4. Consequently, Senator Douye Diri AND Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo of the PDP are hereby declared winners and returned elected as Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively.

5. The detailed result will be shared with you at this briefing and uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms shortly.

6. The Commission is aware that the tenure of the incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State ends at midnight today Friday 14th February 2020. Therefore, in fulfilment of the requirement of Section 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Certificates of Return to the Governor and Deputy Governor-elect will be presented to them immediately as ordered by the Supreme Court.

7. I thank you for your presence.

BAYELSA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION HELD ON 16TH NOVEMBER 2019

DETAILED RESULT BY ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT
(Thursday 13th February 2020)

S/No.
NAME OF CANDIDATE
GENDER
PARTY
VOTES RECEIVED
1
EBIZIMO DIRIYAI
MALE
A
1,339
2
KALANGO STANLEY DAVIES
MALE
AAC
174
3
OWEI-TONGU WONIWEI
MALE
AD
91
4
FELEGHA ADIKA PATRICK
MALE
ADP
120
5
FAYEOFORI T. BOB-MANUEL
MALE
AGAP
30
6
KUNDE NOAH
MALE
ANP
21
7
ABBEY E. DANIEL
MALE
APA
157
8
LYON DAVID PEREWORIMINI
MALE
APC
0
(BY COURT ORDER)
9
DANIEL TONWORIO BENWARI
MALE
APGA
98
10
ERES ASEIMIEGHA ORUAMA
MALE
APM
25
11
SAMUEL IZIBEYAMADU DANDY JOB
MALE
APP
148
12
AWOTU ONIEKPE
MALE
ASD
22
13
JOSEPH P. GEREBO
MALE
BNPP
7
14
OWEIFABO FELIX EBIKEMEFA
MALE
CAP
18
15
GEORGE ONUME
MALE
CNP
22
16
OSELE ANTHONY
MALE
DA
9
17
SEIYEFA FETEPIGI ECHES
FEMALE
DPC
148
18
OGUARA NENGIMONYO
FEMALE
DPP
96
19
AKUSI PIUS
MALE
FJP
24
20
PREYE BENSON
MALE
FRESH
283
21
ZIDOUGHA GIDEON ROLAND ENEYI
MALE
GPN
7
22
TIMIPA JENKINS OKPONIPERE
MALE
HDP
10
23
OWEBOR FREEDOM
MALE
KP
61
24
VIJAH ELDRED OPUAMA
MALE
LM
100
25
NUMOFE EBIOWEI
MALE
LP
79
26
OKIAH JONES DAMINOLA
MALE
MMN
14
27
CLEMENT BLESSING AZIBANAGBAL
FEMALE
MPN
9
28
MIEBAIKEDO EBIPADE
MALE
NCP
30
29
KALAS AGAI
MALE
NDLP
6
30
NAMATEBE INKO ABRAHAM
MALE
NNPP
7
31
ALEX AKPOEBI BUFUMOH
MALE
NPC
108
32
FRANCOIS O. TUAMOKUMO
MALE
NRM
3
33
AUGUSTUS EBIUMONE OGOUN
MALE
NUP
27
34
AKALI TASAMANA WAYMAN
MALE
PDM
156
35
DIRI DOUYE
MALE
PDP
143,172 (ELECTED)
36
ALEXANDER PERETU BEKE-AREREDO
MALE
PPA
56
37
AKIKI APRALA
MALE
PPP
42
38
OKALA AZIBOLA
MALE
PRP
88
39
GWEGWE RIGHTEOUS OKPOEBI
MALE
SNC
42
40
IKIMI INIBARANYE SILAS
MALE
UDP
10
41
KENNY JUSTICE SOTONYE FISEYE
MALE
UP
25
42
IBIENE STEPHEN KROBOH
MALE
UPC
37
43
SAMUEL J. ADAGA
MALE
UPN
5
44
WILLIAMS WOYINKURO BEREZI
MALE
UPP
20
45
SIMEON IMOMOTIMI KARIORU
MALE
ZLP
53

PERCENTAGES OF VOTES SCORED AFTER THE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT

S/No.
NAME OF LGA
NO. OF REG. VOTERS
NO. OF ACCR. VOTERS
NO. OF VALID/LAWFUL VOTES (Excluding the votes scored by APC)
VOTES RECEIVED BY THE PDP CANDIDATE WHO SCORED THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VALID/LAWFUL VOTES

1.
BRASS
67,355
35,657
10,534
10,410
98.82%
2.
EKEREMOR
125,189
41,423
18,422
18,344
99.58%
3.
KOLOKUMA/OPOKUMA
52,765
25,462
15,653
15,360
98.13%
4.
NEMBE
92,546
85,103
1,579
874
55.35%
5.
OGBIA
109,903
74,330
14,711
13,763
93.56%
6.
SAGBAMA
109,460
70,111
60,738
60,339
99.34%
7.
SOUTHERN IJAW
165,449
137,575
5,117
4,898
95.72%
8.
YENAGOA
199,895
48,222
20,245
19,184
94.76%

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