Unofficial results filtering out of Bayelsa State are indicative of a major political upset in the state as opposition All Progressives Congress appears to be ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party, at least in the capital.
The PDP has been in control of the state since 1999. Recent shifts in political affiliations by political actors appear set to change the narrative.
In early results, the APC candidate, David Lyon is leading the PDP candidate Duoye Diri.
Results declared in Yenagoa, the capital showed APC in early lead, based on results declared at the polling units.
Atissa ward 1, unit 9, Yenagoa LGA
PDP – 77 APC – 94
Ikibiri unit 2, Yenagoa LGA
PDP – 51 APC – 108
Agudama-Epie, ward 4, unit 12, Yenagoa LGS
PDP- 24 APC – 368
Agudama-Epie unit 9, Yenagoa LGA
PDP -54 APC – 789
Igbogene-Epie, unit 4, Yenagoa
PDP – 74 APC – 649
Azikoro unit 3, Yenagoa LGA
PDP- 189 APC- 244
Azikoro unit 4, Yenagoa LGA
PDP- 120 APC – 169
Azikoro unit 5, Yenagoa
PDP- 134 APC- 204
Ikibiri, unit 1, Yenagoa
PDP- 64 APC- 256
The APC also recorded massive lead in Nembe ward 3, unit 2, with its governorship candidate, David Lyon polling 1,000 votes against the 22 votes recorded by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Douye Diri.
The PDP’s brightest spot so far has come from Governor Henry Seriake Dickson’s polling unit 5 in Oriewari ward in Toro-Orua Sagbama LGA where the PDP recorded 1906 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress, APC with only 5 votes.
Governor Dickson has expressed surprise that the APC is bashing his party at some polling units and he has accused INEC of conniving with APC to rig his PDP out.