Governor Seriake Dickson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the Bayelsa supplementary governorship poll following official results collated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), today, January 10.
Dickson won seven out of the eight local governments in the South south state defeating Chief Timipre Sylva of the All Progvressives Congress (APC) after a keenly contested election
Results have so far been announced in all the local governments where supplementary elections were conducted.
Before commencing collation of the results, INEC had advised Nigerians to disregard results being posted on social media.
A statement from INEC reads: â€œFake results are being released via the social media. Those figures are not from us.
â€œAuthentic results will be announced once we get them from the field.â€
This News is straight from theÂ Collation Centre at the Yenagoa Council Hall to bring you live updates of the exercise.
Read the coverage below:
With the conclusion of the results read, Governor Seriake Dickson has been re-elected as the governor of Bayelsa state for another term of four years.
7: 12pm: PDP agent said the cancelled votes the APC agent raised are that of the PDP, accusing the APC of perpetuating violence in desperation to win Bayelsa by all means.
7: 06pm: APC agent says INEC Adhoc staff were deliberately cancelling results in some wards that did not favour his party. He alleged that most of the voting materials were diverted on Friday, January 9, on their way to polling units.
7:00pm: Southern Ijaw LGA
APC â€“ 10, 216
PDP â€“ 23, 081
02:10 pm: Representative of the APC isÂ protesting Â again stating that collation officers at Ekeremor canceled at least 6,000 votes
02:06 pm: Ekeremor LGA
No of voters â€“ 9157
No of Accredited Voters â€“ 3018
APC â€“ 257
PDP â€“ 2695
Total Valid Votes â€“ 2968
Rejected Votes â€“ 42
Total Votes Cast â€“ 3010
01:55 pm Nemba LGA
No of voters: 4294
No of Accredited Voters â€“Â 2649
APC â€“Â 1400
PDP â€“Â 1160
Total Valid Votes â€“ 2574
Rejected Votes â€“ 31
Total Votes Cast â€“ 2605
01: 45 pm: The collation exercise of Bayelsa election re-run has continued. The results are expected from Southern Ijaw LGA and some other polling units in two other local government areas.
02:05am: Professor Akpagu says results being expected in 3 LGAs donâ€™t look like getting to the collation centre anytime soon and so calls for a break. Results collation to continue on Sunday, January 10 by 11am.
02:00am:Â Ogbia LGA
No of voters â€“ 4344
No of Accredited Voters â€“ 1551
APC â€“ 139
PDP â€“ 1290
Total Valid Votes â€“ 1449
Rejected Votes â€“ 47
Total Votes Cast â€“ 1496
01:50am:Â Sagbama LGA
No of Reg Voters
No of Accredited voters
APC â€“ 119
PDP â€“ 180
Total Valid Votes â€“ 303
Rejected Votes â€“ 21
Total Votes Cast â€“ 324
Supplementary election was held in one registration area and six polling units.
01:40am: A little drama is currently being experienced as the APC agent insists on airing in his opinion after comments from the PDP agent. Professor Akpagu, the returning officer gives him the go ahead but rules him out of order much later and walks him out.
01:32am:Â PDP agent protesting the results in Brass LGA, calls for cancellation of the poll in the LGA.Â â€œA particular APC chieftain hijacked all materials and took them to an unknown place.â€
01:30am:Â Brass LGA
APC â€“ 1679
PDP â€“ 05
Total Valid Votes
Total Votes cast
Supplementary elections were held in three registration areas and six polling units
01:14am: Yenogoa LGA
No REG Voters
No Accredited Voters
APC â€“ 448
PDP â€“ 839
Total Valid Votes â€“Â 1309
Rejected Votes â€“ 14
Total Votes Cast â€“ 1368
Supplementary elections were held in seven registration areas and 18 polling units.
12:50am: Professor Zana Akpagu, the returning Officer is currently going through the results of the previous election.
12:45am: Professor Akpagu says results are being expected inÂ 51 registration areas and 527 polling units from the supplementary election in Bayelsa state.
12:40am: On-going now is the welcome address by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bayelsa state,Â Prof. Zana Akpagu.
12:27am: The exercise has started with the national anthem, quickly followed with anÂ opening prayer by one of the party agents. TheÂ introduction of officials on the high table now on-going.
12:08am: Results are expected inÂ 17 wards in Southern Ijaw where the rerun election took place andÂ 101 units in other parts of the state where the Dec. 5, 2015 election was cancelled due to widespread violence.
12:01am:Â The collation centre is located at the complex of State Electoral Commision at hospital road in Yenagoa. Security operatives are conducting routine checks, press men are still busy positioning themselves, cameras, OB Van in readiness for the collation exercise which will commence any moment from now.
11:32pm: The results of four out of the seven local government areas where the supplementary election took place are ready and collation will commence any time soon.
11:20pm:Â The hall is gradually filing upÂ at the Collation Centre at the Yenagoa Council Hall and theÂ seats on the platform have now been clearly marked with names of officials posted on them. Cameramen and reporters are taking their positions to record the highly anticipated results from the supplementary poll.
11:17pm: Â Just as newsmen were about leaving the centre following no signs of results, Baritor Lenusikpugi Kpagih, the resident electoral officer for Bayelsa state, the Returning Officer, Prof. Zana Akpagu and some of the national commissioners have arrived and seated on the platform ready to commence the announcement of the poll result. Newsmen are left with no other option than to rush back to the centre.
11:00pm: The delay in the announcement of results is tied to the fact that collation officers are still being expected at INEC collation centre as at the time of preparing this report.
10:50pm: Normalcy has been restored at the Collation Centre at the Yenagoa Council Hall after the centre was looking like results were not going to be announced tonight. TwoÂ INEC officials are trying to set up display equipment.