By Asolo Eyedoude
Chief David Lyon has emerged the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the November 16 Bayelsa State Governorship election in the state. He was reportedly the choice of the minister of state for petroleum, Chief Timipire Sylva.
According to the results announced by the Collation Officer Senator Emmanuel Ocheja, Chief Lyon polled a total of 42,138, votes to defeat five other aspirants. Mrs Desiye Nsirim came a distant second with 1,533, while Chief Ebitimi Amgbare came third with 633 votes.
Senator Heineken Lokpobiri polled 571 votes to come fourth while Prof Ongoebi Etebu and Prince Preye Aganaba got 564 and 354 votes respectively.
Senator Ocheja, who was flanked by the other national and state officers of the party said he stood in for the Returning Officer and Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, who he disclosed was unavoidably absent.
He pointed out that six aspirants contested the election, adding that 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 ratified by the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party.
The former Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri rejected the outcome of the governorship primaries and described it as a charade.
He said the only authentic person in position to conduct and declare result of the Governorship primaries is the Governor of Yobe State, Mai-Mala Buni.
‘I have never seen where a governorship primary starts in a hotel and ended in a hotel.’
Commenting shortly after he voted, the Minister of State for Petroleum and former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva said that there was no better time for the APC to take over Bayelsa State.
Chief Sylva spoke at Okpoama Ward 4 in Brass Local Government Area of the state where the people of Okpoama community overwhelmingly threw their weight behind David Lyon who was reportedly backed by Sylva against Lokpbobiri.