Senator Duoye Diri, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the Bayelsa governorship election on Saturday, says he is the winner of the exercise.
Diri said this at a press briefing in Yenegoa, the state capital, on Monday.
Among those present at the briefing were, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Diri’s running mate; Emmanuel Ogidi, PDP’s Vice Chairman, South-South Zone; Munalayefa Gibson, member of the state house of assembly representing Ogbia 2; and governorship candidates of some political parties that participated in the election, among others.
Diri said he was no longer the PDP candidate, but the winner of the poll.
He said that he should be “addressed properly” as the winner of the governorship poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on Sunday night declared David Lyon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the election.
Professor Faraday Orumwense, INEC’s state Returning Officer, who announced the final result of the poll, said Lyon polled 352, 552 votes, while Diri got 143, 172 votes.
According to INEC, Lyon won in six Local Government Areas of Brass, Nembe, Ogbia, Yenagoa, Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw, while Diri, the main challenger, won in Sagbama and Kolokuma/Opokuma LGAs.
But the PDP candidate said that the figures declared by the commission did not reflect what happened at the polling units.
He urged the INEC to declare him as the governor-elect.