Yenagoa - The former Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson, who was sacked by the Court of Appeal on Sunday retained his Southern Ijaw seat after winning a rerun poll.
Benson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 10 033 votes to beat two other contenders including candidates of All Progressives Congress, (APC) who got 2 595 votes and candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD) who polled 2 467 votes.
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The total valid votes were 15 183, total votes cast were 15 407, while accredited voters were 15 564 out of a total of 49 564 registered voters in the constituency.
The PDP also won the Ekeremor local government seat.
Michael Ogbere of the PDP scored 4 246 votes ahead of DPP candidate, who polled 74 votes and the man who went to court to annul the 2015 election, Victor Perezi of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) who came third with 45 votes.
- News 24