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Henry Dickson (PDP) Wins Bayelsa Guber Election – Vows to fight corruption

Yenagoa/Abuja — Henry Seriake Dickson of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was yesterday declared winner of last Saturday’s governorship poll in Bayelsa State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Returning Officer, Prof. Joseph Ajienka, who announced the results on Sunday in Yenagoa, said Dickson polled 417,500 votes, to beat Dr Imoro Kubor of the Change Advocacy Party, who scored 22,534 votes, to the second position.

Ajienka said Mr. Kemela Okara of the Action Congress of Nigeria polled 9,627 votes to place third.

He said that Dickson, the candidate of the PDP satisfied all the requirements of the electoral law and therefore, declared him winner of the election.

Meanwhile, party agents at the INEC office in Yenagoa have been reacting to the outcome of the result.

Mr. Miriki Ebikibina, National Youth Leader of the ACN has faulted the result of the election, saying that his party “totally rejects” the result as announced by the state returning officer.

According to him, there are recorded cases of malpractice, snatching of ballot boxes and multiple thumb printing.

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“We have all the reports and we are working on them, for now we refuse to accept the result and we will contest it at any level,” he said.

He commended the political parties that contested the election, and said that for the first time in the history of the state, political parties campaigned vigorously to sell themselves to the electorate.

“I commend the efforts of the opposition parties in the state; they campaigned in all the nooks and crannies of the state.

“It has never been so in the history of elections in this state and it is a sign of political awareness of our people,” Ebikibina said.

Also in his reaction, the state agent of the Change Advocacy Party, Mr. Bolous Indiamoowei, said that his would also challenge the result.

Ajienka said PDP scored 61,820 votes in Yenagoa local government Area, while CAP scored 2101; ACN 1848 and CPC 381.

In Nembe, Sylva’s home town, PDP scored 57,589; ACN, 1076; CPC103 and CAP, 2000.

At Ogbia, President Jonathan local Government Area, PDP scored 50,848; CAN 1,085, CAP 1,277 and CPC 151.

Sagbama result: PDP scored 51078; CAP 1,738; ACN, 1388 and CPC 414.

In Kolokuma/Opokuma local government Area, PDP scored 18,107 votes; CPC 94, CAP, 490 and ACN, 326 votes declaring PDP winner.

While at Ekeremor local government, the most populous riverine communities, PDP clinched the victory by 55,044 votes; ACN 975, CAP 1867 and CPC 2,044 votes.

Southern Ijaw results show PDP scoring 86,661; ACD 46, CAP 7,972; ACN 1,679 and CPC 278.

The last local government Area governorship election results from Brass indicated that 44605 votes were cast. 1214 votes were rejected, ACN scored 1,250, APGA 27 votes, CAP 5,089, CPC 83, and PDP 36,353.

Commissioner of Police, Christopher Olakpe described the poll as hitch free as security operatives were dispatched to ward off suspected criminals and electoral violence’s in the 105 wards.

Speaking in Yenagoa while addressing Journalists in his residence after being declare winner, Dickson attributed his victory to the massive supports of the electorates and Bayelsans.

He said: “The people have spoken, but voted massively for the People’s Democratic Party PDP in this governorship poll.

“I thank the people; I will bring a new PDP system of restoration, a new dawn in the state”, he said.

Dickson whose residence in Yenagoa has been converted to a carnival place with women and youths parting and dancing. He promised a new hope for Bayelsans: improved education, health care delivery and security of lives and property.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday congratulated the Bayelsa Governor elect, Dickson for his victory.

The President also thanked the people of Bayelsa, his home state for voting overwhelmingly for his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in yesterday’s governorship election, which ensured a resounding victory to the party’s candidate, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson.

The President sent the congratulatory message shortly after Dickson was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Jonathan also congratulated the Deputy Governor- elect, Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd.) on their emergence as Governor-elect and Deputy Governor-elect of Bayelsa State.

The President urged them to fully dedicate their tenure to giving effective, purposeful and result-oriented leadership to the people of the state who clearly reaffirmed their confidence in the PDP on Saturday, as they prepare to assume office at the helm of governance in Bayelsa State.

President Jonathan also said he expects Dickson and his incoming administration in Bayelsa State will work with total dedication and commitment to justify the peoples’ confidence.

This is just as he urged them to ensure rapid delivery of visible and significant improvements in the living conditions of residents of the state.

The President assured Hon. Dickson of the full support, assistance and cooperation of the Federal Government and prays that God Almighty will grant him a very successful tenure as Governor of Bayelsa State.

However, the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has recommended an urgent review of the location of all the polling units in Bayelsa and other parts of the country to ensure greater credibility in future polls.

The association made the recommendation in a statement sent to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the heels of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

The statement was a post-mortem of the Bayelsa election by the Nigerian Bar Election Working Group (NBEWG), which monitored the exercise, in conjunction with the state chapter of the association.

The statement was jointly signed by Messrs Dafe Akpedeye (SAN) and Festus Okoye, the group’s Chairman and Alternate Chairman, respectively.

It contended that “the polling units should be accessible and located in public schools and public places.”

It said the present location of polling units across the country makes them vulnerable for ballot boxes to be hijacked, while the secrecy of voting were greatly compromised.

The group expressed concern over the location of polling units “in people’s houses, mechanics workshops, street corners and people’s corridors.

“Some of them are also too close to each other,” it noted, and said that “the location of polling units in awkward places makes it difficult for presiding officers to guarantee the secrecy of the vote.”

It remarked that the poor location of some of the polling units also posed challenges to the security agencies “in providing adequate security cover for the elections”.

It also recommended a review of the voter register in all the states of the federation and Abuja “to verify its authenticity”.

The group expressed satisfaction with the performance of INEC in the election, noting that election materials “arrived fairly early” at most of the polling booths, while accreditation of eligible voters started between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

It, however, observed that there were “isolated cases of late arrival of materials and accreditation of voters” in some areas, such as Otabagi-Otakeme in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, which has five polling units.

It commended the introduction of “additional security features in the ballot papers” by INEC, designed “to prevent their duplication and movement from one local government to the other”.

“INEC colour-coded the ballot papers and made them local government specific.

“This is a good innovation that should continue to be replicated in other states,” it stated.

It scored the various security agencies that participated in the election high, stating that they “provided adequate security” for the poll.

It specifically commended “the positive and complementary” role played by the Nigerian Air force in distributing election materials “to all the difficult riverine terrain that are inaccessible by road”.

However, Okara, the ACN he will challenge the outcome of the election.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa on Sunday that based on what the party had seen, it had rejected the result of the Feb. 11, governorship election in the state.

He said reports received by the party from different parts of the state showed that there were irregularities during the election.

He said that the party expected free and fair elections, but that it did not see such.

Okara said the party would pursue a legal option because the will of the people was manipulated.

“If the reports coming to us confirm what we have been receiving from different parts of the state, clearly, we will have no other option, but to pursue a legal option.

“We will have no choice but to pursue a legal option.

“Because, clearly, it is not right in a democratic context for the will of the people to be manipulated, for people to be intimidated and their rights taken away,

“That is certainly not right. And we have to now pursue the options available to us constitutionally to address that,” he said.

Okara said the party was still compiling reports from its agents across the state and would make its final observations on the election known to the people of the state.

He urged supporters and members of the Action Congress of Nigeria to remain law abiding as the party would challenge the out come of the election constitutionally.

-Champion Daily

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