The Peoples Democratic Party Governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has said that he won the Saturday Gubernatorial election in the State and therefore called on Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to declare him the winner of the election.
According to him, he should be addressed as the Governor-Elect because in the eyes of the law and with the votes of Bayelsans he won the election in all the eight local government areas of the state.
Senator Diri who made the call on Monday while briefing newsmen in Yenagoa, said that the results monitored by his party’s situation room in the eight local government areas, showed in clear terms that he won and should be declared the governor-elect of Bayelsa state.
He said from the ‘authentic results’ collated at the PDP situation room from field monitors across polling units and the wards he emerged victoriously.
Diri who maintained that it was illegal for the APC to have contested the governorship election because of a subsisting court judgement urged INEC to disqualify the APC, which is a major contender in the exercise.
He stressed that he did not contest the election against the Candidate of the APC, David Lyon, who was returned winner by INEC as the party had already been disqualified by the court before the election.
The PDP’s agent, Chief O.O. Osusu, said there were two subsisting court judgements before the conduct of the November 16 Governorship election, stressing that it was wrong for the APC to be on the
In separate speeches, governorship candidates of the Green Party, Eniye Zidougha, APGA, Fayeofori Bob-Manuel, Okiah Jones of Masses Movement of Nigeria as well as several other Guber candidates who spoke, lampooned INEC for declaring the candidate of the APC, Chief David Lyon winner.
According to them, despite obvious irregularities including the use of the Nigerian Army to intimidate voters and subvert the will of the people, the electoral body still went further to announce the results.
The aspirants, therefore, challenged INEC to produce the court order which cleared the APC to participate in Saturday’s governorship election.
They questioned the use of returning officers from one particular university at the collation centre who they noted were influenced by the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole to allegedly rig the polls.
They also berated the Army for its interference in the polls to favour the APC and called on the electoral umpire to declare Senator Douye Diri of the PDP as the winner of the governorship election held on 16 November 2019.