The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has presented Certificate of Return to Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the November 16 Bayelsa governorship election.
The electoral commission presented the certificate to him during a briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu told journalists that Diri was declared the winner after top officials met on Friday morning to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC which have 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,” Yakubu said during the briefing.
Concise News reports that Diri’s victory follows Supreme Court verdict which sacked the governor-elect of Bayelsa State, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.
Justice Ejembi Ekwo, who read the lead judgment on Thursday made the orders after disqualifying the APC’s deputy governorship candidate, Degi-Eremienyo, as a candidate in the election.
The court ruled that Mister Degi-Eremienyo’s disqualification had infected the joint ticket with which he and the governorship candidate, Lyon, ran for and won November 16, 2020.