23 : 00 The All Progressives Congress (APC) has claimed that with the early results trickling into the situation room of the party, there are strong indication that the party may have cancelled the about 33 000 votes with which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was leading from the inconclusive December 5th and 6th governorship election.
According to the APC, through the director of Media for the Sylva/Igiri campaign organisation,Nathan Egba,”The candidate of the APC, Timipre Sylva, secured majority votes in the remaining polling units in Bassambiri in Nembe local government area, Akassa and Liama in Brass LGA, Ekeremor LGA and the few results so far from Southern Ijaw LGA.”
“In Brass LGA, APC polled 1 696 votes, followed by the PDM which had 12 votes and the PDP with 5 votes while in Bassambiri, APC had 2 184 votes while PDP scored 3 votes.PDP won in the only polling unit in Nembe- Ogbolomabiri through manipulation with 426 votes while APC was awarded 6 votes.”
“In Oguta-Otuokpotiof Ogbia LGA, APC had 332 votes while PDP scored 10 votes.”
“In Ekeremor, home town of the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, APC had a good showing by returning over 80 per cent of the total vote cast from over 13 000 expected votes.”
“In ward 17 of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, the result was in favour of the APC with well over 70 per cent of the vote cast.”
According to Egba, “APC members were excited about the results that had been trickling in since Saturday’s evening.I urged members and supporters to be upbeat in anticipation of a total victory in the election.”
22.30 APC accuses Gov Dickson Of plotting to incite people
The Sylva-Igiri Campaign Organisation of the APC, has called on the security agents to ensure no one uses any of the broadcast stations in the state to either announce election result or incite people against the opposing political parties or the Federal Government.
The APC in a statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity of the Campaign Organisation, Nathan Egba, alleged that Governor Seriake Dickson is engaged in desperate attempts to arbitrarily announce a concocted results through the social media and state –owned media organisations and declare himself winner of the governorship election.
According to the APC, “For the avoidance of doubt, it is to be noted that the purported attempts of Governor Dickson to either by himself, cronies or agents to declare himself winner is clearly in contravention of the Electoral Act as amended and also unconstitutional to the extent that such an action offends the clear provisions of the 1999 constitution that established the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
The statement also called on the governor to consider the criminal consequences of any attempt to so declare himself as winner of the said election, a development that will amount to usurping the powers of the electoral body, INEC.
22: 00 In spite of the massive deployment of soldiers, policemen and other security operatives, Saturday’s governorship supplementary election in Bayelsa was characterized by killings, sporadic shootings and snatching of electoral materials by armed thugs
According to reports, no fewer than 14 persons including four police officers, two soldiers and 8 others were said to have been killed during the course of the election
Gov Serikae Dickson was reported to have burst into tears after being told of the number of casualties during the election,
The Police in Bayelsa said it had commenced investigation on the alleged snatching of ballot box during Saturday`s supplementary governorship election in the state.
The command`s Spokesman, Mr Asinim Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed that two suspects were arrested for forcefully removing the box at Otuokpoti, Unit 1, Ward 2, Ogbia Local Government Area.
“As we speak, two suspects who snatched the ballot box are in our custody. We have commenced investigation on the incident.
“ So far, we have not received report of any incident since the election began early today in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and other polling units in other parts of the state,' he said.
Butswat said Police team leader for the election, Hashim Argungu, a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), accompanied by heads of other security agencies and one Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commissioner, visited some polling units.
“The team visited Agudama-Epetiama community in Yenagoa Local Government Area, with three polling units.
“The situation was calm and reports from other polling units say all was calm,’’ he said.
The spokesman said that the command was in control of the situation and that personnel deployed for the election were effectively monitoring areas assigned to them.
Meanwhile, polling in the governorship supplementary election in Bayelsa being conducted in Southern Ijaw Local Government and 101 units in other parts of the state, has ended in most polling stations.
The December 5, 2015 governorship election in the state was marred in Southern Ijaw and some polling units across the state by violence.
The exercise was consequently cancelled in the areas by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), after attempt to repeat the exercise on Dec. 6, was also disrupted by violence.
In the 75 polling units in Amasoma ward, voting ended at about 4.10 p.m., while it was concluded at Peremebiri at 3.25 p.m.
20 30 Gov Serikae Dickson of Bayelsa State has extended his lead over the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timipre Sylva in Saturday’s supplementary election with the release of more results from the various polling units where elections were held.
The latest results as released by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that Dickson has widen the gap between him and Sylva
20.00 Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has condemned the electoral malpractice and violence which allegedly marred the supplementary elections in Brass, Nembe, Ekeremor town and parts of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
In a statement signed by the governor's Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the governor accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains of masterminding the killings of innocent Bayelsans in Brass, Ekeremor, Nembe and Southern Ijaw.
While reiterating his earlier stance that the APC was not ready for one-man one-vote, the governor said the violence had also vindicated him on his earlier position that the security agencies are partisan and not willing to ensure the enabling environment for a free and fair election to take place.
The governor also accused the security agencies of allegedly providing cover for the APC to perpetrate violence and rig the elections in the state.
19 :18 Naij reports that the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has said there was no heavy shooting in Ekeremor town that allegedly led to the killing of two soldiers and two civilians during.
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19:03 According to the trentonline, the PDP has claimed that there was no election in Ekeremor, where the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, was alleged to have diverted electoral materials and then called for the cancellation of any result, sent in from the area.
The report also revealed that there are indications that incumbent governor Seriake Dickson may have taken an early lead going by the results trickling in.
18:57 Some on social media demand to know who sanctioned the violence that marred the elections in Bayelsa
18:52 Watch Senator Ben Murray slams violence in Bayelsa
17:34 Punch reports that voting has yet to be concluded in many other units due to the late arrival of materials and disturbances.
17 10 INEC officials in PUs 18, 19, 20 & 21, Oporoma II Ward, Southern Ijaw have refused to announce the official results
17 05 Voting yet to be concluded in many other units due to the late arrival of materials and disturbances.
16 45 Voters, observers commend card reader performance
Voters and observers participating in Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Bayelsa have commended the performance of card readers deployed for the exercise.
The supplementary poll is being conducted in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and in 101 units in other parts of the state where the Dec. 5, 2015 election was cancelled due to widespread violence.
The voters, who spoke in some of the polling stations, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for correcting the lapses which the card reader recorded in the December exercise.
James Dou, a domestic election observer in Anyama-Ijaw said that the card readers deployed to the area performed effectively.
“The card readers are performing well and we have no problems with it; INEC did well and corrected the problems noticed during the cancelled polls, last year,’’ Dou said.
At Peremabiri community, a voter, Timi Pokumo, said that he was impressed with the performance of the device.
According to him, in Koulama 1 and Koulama 2, and Okolobama, the card readers were working well and were used for authenticating Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and for accreditation.
However, voting and accreditation, which commenced simultaneously in polling stations in Southern Ijaw, did not take-off in some due to late arrival of election materials.
Unit 12 result in Otuan ward 5
APC - 31
16:32 WATCH: Eye Witness Recounts how PDP Supporters were gunned down by APC thugs in Nembe, Bayelsa
16:30 Otuegwe ward 2 unit 09
Ward 2 unit 015
APC – 27
PDP – 55
OSUWO unit ward 9 Unit 17
16:24 See the ballotpapers destroyed earlier on in Gbarantoro
Nembe Sekiapu Wari Square 013
Registered voters: 599
Accredited voters: 430
16:22 Ward, 10 Unit 4
Constituency 1 Amassoma
APC – 21
Pdp – 97
Sdp - 1
Voided votes 3
There are reports that PDP is calling for the cancellation of the rescheduled supplementary elections.
WARD 10, UNIT 16
Presiding Officer-Linda Nwagbu
No of Valid Votes-112
WARD 9, UNIT 1
Presiding Officer: O-Nwachukwuwu Happiness
16:09 WARD 9, UNIT 21
Presiding Officer-Nkamdi Cynthia
WARD 9, UNIT 5
Presiding Officer-Ajoku Christy
Unit 5, Ward 10, Yenagoa
16:02 Unit 5, Ward 10, Yenagoa
16:01 Oyeke Open Space, Unit 9, Ward 10,Yenegoa LGA
Voided votes 2
Total votes 147
Voting has been concluded in some polling units in Bayelsa State and collation of results is currently ongoing, according to Information Nigeria.
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