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Bayelsans don’t deserve Sylva — he’s always violent during elections, says Governor Diri



Douye Diri, governor of Bayelsa and gubernatorial candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), says Timipre Sylva, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), causes violence during elections.

The off-cycle governorship elections are currently holding in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states.

Speaking to the media after voting in his LG, Diri said he was satisfied with the conduct of the election at his polling unit.

“INEC has improved from the last election, voting was fast, smooth and seamless,” he said.

The governor said his party was concerned that its agents and observers have been stopped from accessing Nembe LGA.

He said PDP has written an official letter to the chairman of INEC on the matter.

“They have to take drastic measures to allow our people to go in there to monitor the voting process. What we call for is a free and fair electoral process,” he said.

“Let accreditation of voters in Nembe be done by the BVAS as I have done here today.”

Speaking further, Diri accused Sylva of winning elections through violence, adding that the people of Bayelsa do not deserve a violent governor.

“Timipre Sylva has been a violent person in every election. If you recall, the leader of the Ijaw nation, elder Edwin Clark, wrote a letter to him on why he has refused to drop his forceful and violent way of winning elections,” Diri said.

“However, God is on the throne and we’re standing against him in his violent way of winning elections.

“Recall that his deputy in Brass LG threatened our party members that if any is sighted, they should be thrown into the Atlantic Ocean and that they’re not the first people to die; and you’ll agree with me that pair is a violent pair and that’s not what the people of Bayelsa deserve.”


No sane person will go to tribunal over election results, says Melaye




Dino Melaye, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the just concluded Kogi governorship election, says no sane person will go to the tribunal over the results of an election.

Melaye spoke on Wednesday during a briefing with the media in Abuja.

The politician alleged that the judiciary has been compromised.

“Judiciary is no longer the last hope of the ordinary people,” he said.

“Why should any responsible person go to the tribunal? I have lost complete confidence in the judiciary.”

On November 12, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Usman Ododo, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the Kogi governorship election.

Ododo polled 446, 237 votes to defeat Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who came second with 259,052 votes.

Melaye of the PDP scored 46,362 votes.

During the poll, the PDP candidate had said there were problems in Ogori Magongo LGA and five LGAs in Kogi central.

“That was a huge disappointment because I thought INEC would use this opportunity to redeem its image,” he had said.

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Appeal court dismisses NNPP’s petition, affirms Kefas Agbu as Taraba governor




The court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed Kefas Agbu, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the duly elected governor of Taraba state.

Delivering judgment on Tuesday, the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by Muhammad Yahaya and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) for being defective.

Peter Affen, who delivered the lead judgment, faulted the appellants for transmitting an incomplete record of appeal which cannot be heard.

Agbu had polled 257,926 votes to defeat Yahaya who got 202,277 votes in the election.

Yahaya and his party challenged the result and asked the tribunal to nullify Agbu’s victory on the grounds that the election was marred by non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

They also alleged that Agbu did not get the majority of lawful votes cast.

However, the tribunal led by G.A Sunmonu held that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations.

The NNPP and its candidate went further to appeal the tribunal’s judgment.

However, the appellate court dismissed the appeal for lacking merit.

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Appeal Court affirms Fubara as Rivers state governor, dismisses Tonye-Cole petition




An Appeal Court sitting in Lagos State has affirmed the election of Siminalayi Fubara as the governor of Rivers State.

The court dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Patrick Tonye-Cole, against Fubara of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In the courtroom on Tuesday, the APC candidate requested that the court order INEC to declare him the winner of the March governorship election in Rivers.

Cole’s case contesting Fubara’s election as governor was initially dismissed by the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in October.

Dissatisfied with the tribunal’s judgment, the APC candidate approached the appellate court.

However, the court on Tuesday upheld the Tribunal ruling, which affirmed Fubara’s victory in October.

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