Winner Of Bayelsa APC Governorship Primary Emerges
All Progressives Congress (APC). Photo Credit: Channels TV

David Lyon has emerged as the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary for the November 16 Bayelsa State Governorship election.

Concise News reports that Lyon was declared the winner by the Collation Officer Senator Emmanuel Ocheja.

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Ocheja said the oil magnate polled 42,138 votes to defeat five other aspirants.

Mrs Desiye Nsirim garnered 1, 5333 votes, while Ebitimi Amgbare polled 633 votes and finished third.

While the immediate past Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Heineken Lokpobiri, garnered 571 votes to come fourth and Ongoebi Etebu and Prince Preye Aganaba got 564 and 354 votes each.

Senator Ocheja, who was recognized by the national and state officers of the party, disclosed that he was standing in for the Returning Officer and Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, whom he said was unavoidably absent.

According to him, six aspirants contested for the primary election and the mode of the primaries was ‘Direct Primaries’ ‘Option A-4, ‘ adopted by the state stakeholders and leaders of the party in the state and the National Executive Committee (NEC), of the party.

INEC To Deploy 24,000 Ad-Hoc Staff For Kogi, Bayelsa Elections

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has said the commission would deploy 24,000 ad-hoc staff for the November 16 Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.

Concise News learned that the INEC Chairman made this known in an interview in Abuja where he said the staff would go through training ahead of the off-cycle election.

Yakubu added that for security training, the commission had written the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu.

This news medium understands that INEC had earlier announced plans for the upcoming Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections which will hold simultaneously in the two states.

”In Bayelsa State, we are going to record 9,000 ad hoc staff and for Kogi, we are going to have about 15,000. We have to train them so we need to start early,” the commission had said.

”And for security training, we have written the Inspector General of Police for the commencement of security training.”