INEC Declares Lyon, Bello, Winners Of Bayelsa, Kogi Polls - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, November 17, 2019

INEC Declares Lyon, Bello, Winners Of Bayelsa, Kogi Polls

Bayelsa Governor - elect; Lyon, and President M. Buhari

Jubilation erupted in Beyelsa State as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared David Lyon of the All Progressive Congress (APC) winner of the  Saturday 2019 Governorship election.

Also, INEC declared Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress(APC) winner of the Saturday Governorship election in Kogi State.

In Bayelsa, Lyon from Southern Ijaw, polled 352557 to floor his closest rival, Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) who scored 143172 votes.

The APC victory ends PDP's reign since 1999 in the state of former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has  congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on his re-election in the November 16 gubernatorial poll.

The President describes the election and emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as “a race well run and a victory well won.”

He commends APC supporters for remaining steadfast and resolute even in the face of isolated incidents of violence.   

President Buhari condoles with families and loved ones of those who lost their lives as a result of regrettable acts of violence by thugs doing the bidding of their political sponsors. 

According to the President, “All political actors and stakeholders must take deliberate steps to eschew electoral violence as a peaceful and orderly process is vital to our quest for enduring democracy.” 

He salutes officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for creditably discharging their responsibilities under difficult conditions.

President Buhari urges Gov. Bello to see his renewed mandate as another opportunity to build on the foundations already laid towards improving the lives of the people of Kogi State.

He also enjoins the governor to imbibe the spirit of magnanimity in victory by extending a hand of partnership to opposition candidates, while urging those dissatisfied with the outcome of the election to approach the courts.

From Mariam Yomi, South South Bureau, Asaba

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