Bayelsa election: Police declare 3-day curfew as violence erupts over Douye Diri’s victory

– The Bayelsa police command imposes a curfew in Bayelsa state over the violence that trailed the Supreme Court ruling which sacked the APC’s elected candidate, David Lyon

– Uche Anozia, the commissioner of police in the state, says the curfew will last between 8pm – 6am for three days

– The police commissioner discloses that eight persons have so far been arrested in connection with the protest

The Nigerian police have declared three-day dusk to dawn curfew in Bayelsa state over the violence that trailed the Supreme Court ruling which sacked the APC’s elected candidate, David Lyon, and his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

Uche Anozia, the commissioner of police in the state, who made the announcement on Friday, February 14, stated that the curfew will last between 8pm – 6am for the three days, Premium Times reports.

The commissioner said the curfew will begin from Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16.

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The police boss disclosed that eight persons have so far been arrested in connection with the protest.

Meanwhile, hours after Senator Duoye Diri of the PDP received his certificate of return from INEC, the electoral body explained why it obeyed the Supreme Court’s ruling.

The commission on Friday, February 14, paved the way for Diri to be sworn in as the new governor of Bayelsa state after a Supreme Court judgment sacked David Lyon, of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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According to Premium Times, Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman explained that with the removal of Lyon and his votes as ordered by the court, Senator Diri met all the constitutional requirements to become the governor-elect.

The INEC chairman went on to note that the PDP in all the eight local government areas scored more than 25 % of the lawful votes cast. Accord Party with 1,339 votes comes in second place.

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Meanwhile, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors’ forum have sent their congratulatory message to Duoye Diri over the Supreme Court ruling in Bayelsa.

On behalf of the PDP governors, the director-general of the forum, C.I.D. Maduabum, said that the verdict of the court proves that God is in charge over the affairs of men, The New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Maduabum said that this development is an indicator that the truth and the wish of the people of the state must prevail in the end, adding that this is indeed a glorious victory for democracy.

In another news, sacked Bayelsa state governor-elect, David Lyon, has issued a statement in reaction to the Supreme Court’s judgment, that annulled his election which took place back in 2019.

The APC candidate who was represented by Preye Oseke of the Southern Ijaw federal constituency said the judgment did not reflect the wish of the people.

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In another news, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state has faulted the claims by the faction loyal to the former governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari that chieftains of the party are being persecuted.

But, in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, February 12, the faction loyal to Senator Kabir Garba Marafa, said the allegations are false.

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