How APC caused upset in Bayelsa, Kogi; as PDP heads for Tribunal

By: SUNSHINETRUTH

Different reactions have been trailing the conduct of governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states that have been won by the ruling APC with the PDP shockingly lost out in Bayelsa.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr David Lyon, has won the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State.

The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Faraday Orunmuwese, announced this on Monday morning.

Professor Orunmuwese returned Lyon as the winner of the keenly contested election after scoring the highest number of votes in the poll.

The APC candidate polled a total of 352,552 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Duoye Diri, who scored 143,172 votes.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission is set to declare Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello as the winner of the state governorship election having won in 14 local governments and scored over 25 per cent in all other seven local government areas particularly from the eastern flank.

Governor Bello, who is also the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is seeking re-election along with his new Deputy Governor Edward Onoja.

In the result announced at the INEC Collation Centre in Lokoja, the governor scored the highest number of votes in 14 local governments particularly from the Central Senatorial district, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Musa Wada, won in east and part of western senatorial districts.

WE KNEW WE WILL WIN BAYELSA, KOGI —APC

Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday said it was more concerned with ensuring a peaceful and violence-free atmosphere in both Kogi and Bayelsa states during last Saturday’s election, knowing the odds were in its favour.

The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, however, commended security forces for standing their ground and ensuring the elections were well covered in both states for the governorship elections and the Kogi West Senatorial District’s by-election

The party also alleged that the main opposition party in the elections, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), attempted to circumvent the electoral processes in Kogi by importing suspected political thugs from Osun and Oyo states, adding that all plots to rig the election in both states were effectively quashed.

It also accused the opposition of engagement in ballot box snatching and mass thumb printing of ballot papers in both states, even as it alleged plans to discredit the electoral process in both state, but added that the efforts failed as the process, according to the ruling party, came to a successful end in both states.

The APC said: “The All Progressives Congress (APC) hails our security agencies for the security arrangements put in place for Saturday’s governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.

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“We are aware of several hoodlums brought into Kogi State from Osun and Oyo States few days before the elections, just as we monitored the grand preparation to unleash violence in Bayelsa State. We are delighted that the forces of darkness have failed. The subterfuge deployed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the election in both states, including the Kogi West senatorial rerun election, was thwarted.

“In Kogi and Bayelsa states, we were certain of securing the majority votes for the two governorship seats and the Kogi West senatorial seat. For this, we knew we must ensure a peaceful atmosphere for voters to freely turn out and exercise their franchise.

“As expected, not being in the tradition of PDP to thrive under orderly and credible electoral process, they did their best to discredit the process. We are glad that the voting processes came to a successful end in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

“The party thanks security agencies and other officials who did their best to minimize the impact of the PDP thugs, whose sole agenda was to create chaos and scare voters from coming out to vote. Of course, the PDP did not achieve their objective of winning through violence.

“We note the effort by the PDP to employ their usual manipulation through ballot box snatching, massive thumb printing of ballot papers and vote buying. We also note, for instance, the video now in circulation of self-help ballot paper thumb printing at the polling unit of the PDP governorship candidate, Musa Wada and vote buying by the PDP’s Senatorial candidate, Dino Melaye.

“We thank all our supporters for standing their ground to protect the ballot and ensure credibility of the electoral process. While we wait for the collation process to complete and for the final results to be announced, we urge our members in both states to remain calm and peaceful.”

PDP, WADA KICK AGAINST RESULT

Wada led in only seven local government areas.

Meanwhile, Wada has rejected the outcome of the election, describing the polls as a daylight robbery and slap on Nigeria’s nascent democracy.

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Musa Wada on Sunday rejected the outcome of the election in which Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is coasting home to victory.

The PDP described the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as “fictitious.”

The party faulted the 112, 000 votes credited to the APC by INEC in Governor Yahaya Bello’s home Okene Local Government Area (LGA).

In a statement, spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan said the party demanded the immediate cancellation of results in Okene local government area.

The party said it would not accept what it described as the provocative alteration of results from polling units as well as allocation of fictitious votes.

The PDP insisted that the people of Kogi state have glaring evidence of alterations of figures to reduce the vote of the PDP and allocate imported figures to the APC.

The party cautioned INEC against declaring such “mutilated results”, saying that they will not be accepted by the people.

“Our party hopes that this apparent moves to allocate fictitious results to the APC has no bearing with the allegations in the public space that Governor Yahaya Bello and the APC had compromised highly placed INEC officials with huge sums of money to alter results in favour of the APC.

“The PDP therefore cautions the INEC to note that any attempt to declare the figures being bandied for the APC will be a validation of the bribery allegation.

“The only way out is for INEC to cancel and drop the fictitious figures being bandied and declare only the results from votes cast and declared at the respective polling units”, the PDP said.

Addressing a news conference in Lokoja even as the collation of results was ongoing, Wada alleged that the results were false.

He said what happened was neither democracy nor a reflection of the wishes of the electorate.

He said the wishes of the people did not prevail at the polls.

He lamented that the police colluded with INEC to undermine the will of the people of the state.

He said there was no need for election “if Okene that had 40,000 accredited voters, now came up with 112,000 (votes).”

He described it as a sad day for Kogi people who he said are in mourning mood.

“Do you see anybody rejoicing? Is this how it is the day after a true victory? It is not about me here. It is about the long suffering people of the state who have been under bondage in the last four years.

“I won this election free and fair. Just imagine that they leave out the rigged election of Okene, Okehi and the several cases of brutality meted on our supporters, and the widely reported cases of ballot snatching, I would have won neatly,” he declared.

Seated by his running mate, Hon. Sam Aro, Wada said that he as the party’s flag bearer together with the party, will seek redress at the tribunal.

According to him, the APC has taken Nigerians back to the dark days.

“The governorship election is not about me, but about another four years of mis governance that would be midwifed by the APC. The results were already written, and is not a reflection of the people’s wishes,” he said.

APC USED ARMY TO RIG US OUT —BAYELSA PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday condemned the alleged arrest of prominent members of the party in Bayelsa State by soldiers of 6 Division of the Nigerian Army led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major Gen Jamil Sahram.

Bayelsa State PDP Chairman, Hon Moses Cleopas, accused the GOC of using the men under his command, especially the Commander of the Artillery Brigade, Lt Col Wase, to perpetrate electoral fraud in Bayelsa.

He said that Gen Sarham was spearheading the desperate attempt to rewrite the results of the election to rig it in favour òf the APC.

He said that soldiers under the command of Sarham had commenced indiscriminate of arrest PDP leaders in Ogbia.

Among those in custody are the Council Chairman, Hon Ebinyon Turner; two lawmakers, Hon Gibson Munalayefa and Mrs. Naomi Ogoli.

Cleopas lamented that while PDP members were being arrested and taken to unknown destination, the election results for Ogbia were also being rewritten.

The PDP chairman wondered why the Nigerian Army would allow itself to be used as a tool to subvert democracy in the country.

He said that the PDP had already won the election with the original results from the polling units where proper voting took place on Saturday.

He urged the observers to note the brazen acts of impunity by the Army to rig the election and subvert the will of the Bayelsa people.

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