Bayelsa Guber Poll: Sylva’s Man Wins APC Primary as Lokopobiri Faults Process


Mr. David Lyon has been elected as the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 16 gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa state.

The Businessman who is the anointed candidate of the Minister of state for Petroleum and former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva polled 42,138 votes to beat other candidates that participated in the primary election that held yesterday in Yenogoa amidst tight security. Notably among them was the immediate past former Minister of state for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri who polled a paltry 571 votes.

The results as announced by the chief collation Officer, Senator Emmanuel Dangana Ocheja are as follows: David Lyon 42,138 votes, Mrs Dieseye Nsirim Poweigha 1,533 votes, Prince Ebitimi Amgbare 633 votes, Heineken Lokpobiri 571 votes and Prince Preye Aganaba 354 votes.

Reacting to the results, Lokopobiri queried why the results were announced in a hotel instead of the party’s secretariat. He urged newsmen to disregard the results adding that the returning officer and the governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni is the one supposed to announce the results not the chief collation Officer.

He said, “I have been waiting here at the campaign office for such a time that we would be invited to the party secretariat for the announcement of the results. Our teeming supporters in their thousands were there at the party secretariat. The details of what happened is still sketchy but I want to assure you that we would get details of what happened and why the results were announced in a hotel instead of the party secretariat and why the person who is not the returning officer declared the results. We would get more details.

“I appealed to all my supporters to remain calm. If the true results were declared, I know that I would get hundreds of thousands of votes.  What happened is a mockery that all the votes put together were less than 45,000. I believe that this direct primary election came with a lot of challenges.

“Please disregard the results announced and wait for the results to be declared by the returning officer who is the governor of Yobe State. I believe the leadership of the party would review it and do the right thing so that we field the appropriate candidate of the party  that would ensure victory in the November 16 governorship election.”

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