– The PDP in Bayelsa has rejected the results of the governorship election in the state
– The PDP’s candidate in the state, Senator Douye Diri, said that the polls were fraught with a lot rigging
– Diri also claimed that resulted given by INEC in Nembe were merely fabricated by the commission and the APC
Senator Douye Diri, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Bayelsa state governorship election, says he wholesomely rejects the outcome of the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon, as the winner of the election.
However, speaking with Arise News TV on Monday, November 18, Diri said he rejected the results, raising allegations of electoral malpractices. He accused INEC of conniving with the APC to rig the election.
“This is no election, it is a charade,” the PDP governorship candidate alleged. “In Nembe, there was nothing like election, the results were manufactured by INEC and APC,” Diri said.
Asked what actions he would take regarding the outcome of the election, Diri said he would consult with his party both at the state and the national levels to know the next line of action to take, noting that he did not contest the election as an independent candidate.
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.