The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Governor Douye Diri winner of the Bayelsa State off-cycle governorship election held on Saturday.
INEC’s state Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Kuta Farouk, made the announcement at the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu Media Centre, INEC, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State
The incumbent governor of Bayelsa defeated Chief Timipre Sylva, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and sixteen others to get another four years in office.
Prof. Farouk declared that Governor Douye Diri polled 175, 196 votes, to defeat his closest rival, Chief Timipre Sylva, who got 110, 108 votes.
He won in six of the eight local government areas of the state to cement his stay in office.
His closest rival and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Timipre Sylva, won only two LGAs.