David Lyon

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, has been declared winner of the Bayelsa State 2019 governorship election.

The declaration was made early hour of Monday by Faraday Orumwese, Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin and the returning officer in the election.

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The returning officer announced that Lyon polled 352,552 votes to defeat Duoye Diri of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 143, 172 votes.

The total number of registered voters was announced as 922, 562 and the number of accredited voters was put at 517,883.

The total number of votes cast was put at 505,884; rejected votes were 6,333; and number of valid votes were put at 499,511.

“That Lyon David of APC having satisfied the requirement of the law is hereby declared winner and returned elected,” Orumwese said in his declaration on Monday.

Duoye Diri has declared his intention to contest the result of the election at the tribunal.

Analysts have said that a long legal battle awaits APC and its candidate.

This was because there was a pending legal battle to determine the true winner of the APC primary.

So, there will be a legal battle between APC itself after which there will be another legal battle between APC and PDP.

MAURICE OGU @JMauriceOgu

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