The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday declared former Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson winner of the Bayelsa West Senatorial Bye-election.
The Returning Officer , Prof. Ekechukwe Okeke, Dean of humanity in Federal University of Otuoke announced that Dickson of PDP polled 115,257 while his closest rival, Peremobowei Ebebi of All Progressive Congress, APC Scored 17500 votes.
Governor Douye Diri also proved the dominance of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as he won the local government, Kolokuma/Opokuma for the party’s candidate in the Bayelsa Central bye-election.
The result collated by the Collation Officer, Dr Abiodun Adelegan indicated that out of the 26,831 accredited voters, the PDP candidate, Mr Moses Cleopas polled 20, 992 votes while Mr Abel Ebifemowei of the All Progressive Congress(APC) polled 4, 980 votes.
In Yenagoa , results collated by Prof Chris Onyeama indicated that Cleopas defeated Ebifemowei with a wide margin polling 54,390 votes out of the 61,911 accredited votes.
Ebifemowei polled 6,155 votes. Rejected votes were 591 while total votes cast was 60, 855.
Meanwhile, Chief David Lyon, the south south representative at the national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee, has described as commendable the peaceful disposition of electorates during the December 5 bye-elections.
Lyon, who was in his home town Olugbobiri, ward 4, Olodiama 2, for the National Assembly bye election which took place on Saturday December 5 in two of three senatorial districts in Bayelsa state, expressed optimism in the outcome of the election and commended the people for the peaceful conduct.
Chief David Lyon expressed satisfaction with improved manner INEC distributed sensitive and non sensitive materials across the difficult creeks of his constituency.
He called for unity among the people of the State, pointing out that election provided the opportunities for people to freely choose their own candidate and equally afford the candidate the opportunities to canvas eligible votes in a free and fair manner.
He condemns situations where elections are characterised by hate campaigning, mudslinging and electoral violence which often threaten post election peace-building and societal integration.