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‘PDP’s defeat in Bayelsa confirms journalists’ findings’

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The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) has said that the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa State further confirmed its findings prior to the polls.

NGIJ made this known yesterday in a statement by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Adeyemi Obadimu.

It said the highest number of respondents to the guild’s questionnaire on assessment of the Seriake Dickson administration in Bayelsa hinted that they would vote for the APC during the governorship election.

“Four thousand, one hundred and forty out of 9,322 respondents representing 44.4 per cent indicated their readiness to vote APC during the Bayelsa Governance Assessment tour in September 2019.

“We administered 10,000 questionnaires during our governance assessment tour to Bayelsa in fulfilling the guild’s mandate of rooting for the truth, and 9,322 respondents returned their questionnaires,” statement read in part.

According to Obadimu, another set of 1,210 respondents was rooting for other political parties participating in the poll.

Therefore, the result of the Bayelsa governorship election declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on November 17, 2019 confirmed NGIJ findings in Bayelsa, he added.

INEC had declared APC governorship candidate, David Lyon, who polled 352,552 votes (68.3 per cent of 516,371 total valid votes) winner while the PDP candidate, Sen. Duoye Diri, garnered 143,172 votes (27.2 per cent).

Meanwhile, a coalition of civil rights group in Bayelsa state, Bayelsa Rainbow Coalition for Good Governance, has advised the governor-elect, Lyon, to probe the appointment by Dickson of 35 permanent secretaries in the state’s civil service at the tail of his administration.

The coalition at a press briefing in Yenagoa warned the new governor to be careful with the last minute decisions of the outgoing governor, to avoid early mistakes in government.


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