Declare Me Winner of Bayelsa Guber Poll, Diri Tells INEC


The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday governorship election in Bayelsa, Senator Douye Diri has declared himself winner of the election.

Diri in a press conference on Monday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Army of conniving with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rob him of his victory.

“I am the winner of the just concluded elections. I am the winner even though INEC decided to look the other way. I am not just saying that PDP is the winner, because we had a situation room and reports from our situation indicated I won the election. Based on this result, PDP and its candidate is the winner of the election” he said.

The PDP governorship candidate while citing a Court judgement that disqualified the APC governorship candidate, David Lyon called on INEC to declare him the rightful winner of the poll.

He said, “We believe that the subsisting court judgment that disqualify APC as of the time the election was conducted. The request by PDP agent at the state collation centre, Dr Don Osusu that INEC should produce the order which made APC presence during collation legitimate was ignored. We urgently call on INEC to declare me winner. It is only shameful and laughable that INEC would manufacture figures. For us the rule of law is under threat in this democracy; anarchy is looming in this democracy, democracy is being raped.  All the figures reeled out are a charade and a ruse.”

INEC had on Monday declared the candidate of the APC, Lyon as the winner of the election having polled 352,552 votes to beat Diri who polled 143,172 votes.

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