President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate David Lyon for emerging victorious in the Bayelsa state governorship election.
The Nigerian president in a message on Monday, November 18, through his media aide, Femi Adesina, described Lyon’s victory as impressive.
He commended APC and Nigerians for exercising their civic rights in a peaceful manner despite pockets of unrest recorded in some locations.
The president however condemned the loss of lives in Bayelsa, particularly prior to the election, the President commiserates with the families of the victims.
‘"Violence during elections vitiates our commitment to demonstrate to the world and upcoming generation that we are a people capable of electing leaders in a peaceful and orderly manner," he noted.
He notes that while officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies did their best within the ambit of the law to ensure free, fair and credible elections, it is
Buhari said it was unfortunate that pockets of unrest, mostly sponsored by desperate politicians, were recorded during the poll while officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies did their best within the ambit of the law to ensure free, fair and credible elections
The president said he looks forward to working with David Lyon to improve the lives of the people in Bayelsa state.
Buhari urged those dissatisfied with the outcome of the poll to seek redress through the constitutionally established channels.
Meanwhile, INEC has officially declared David Lyon, the candidate of the APC in the Bayelsa governorship election as the winner of the poll.
The returning officer, Prof Faraday Orumwense, in an announcement by 1 am on Monday, November 18, at the INEC collation centre in Yenagoa declared that the APC won the election by polling 352,552 votes while the PDP scored 143,172, The Tribune reports.
He Said the total registered voters for the Bayelsa election was 922, 562 and total accredited voters for the voting exercise were 517, 888.
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