Unlike its tradition, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday released the winners of Saturday’s Bayelsa State House of Assembly election in 14 constituencies in six local government areas of the state, but with the result sheets showing no actual votes polled by them.
The list of the winners made available to newsmen at the INEC office in Yenagoa, the state capital and signed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Baritor Kpagih, showed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won 13 of the constituencies while the All Progressive Congress, APC, got one.
However, election was cancelled in two of the constituencies where youths in Constituency 11, Brass Local Government Area insisted on seeing the ward collation result sheets before accreditation while election in Ogbia Constituency 11, was inclusive as hoodlums reportedly snatched the election materials at gun point.
The winners released by INEC are Israel Sunny Ogoli of the APC for Brass Constituency I; Brass constituency 111, Abraham Ingobere, PDP; Nembe Constituency 1, Ololo Ebi Ben, PDP; Nembe II, Naomi Benjamin Ogoli.
Others are Chief Salo Adikumo as winner of Sagbama Constituency 11, while Monday Obolo, Igali Barapadei and Speaker of the House, Benson Friday, all of the PDP, where declared winners in Southern Ijaw constituencies 11, 111 and 1V respectively.
The PDP also won all the three constituencies in Yenagoa Local Government Area with Parkinson Markmanuel, Ebiuwou Obiyal and Emelah Epilefa clinching Constituencies 1, 11 and 111, respectively.
Attempts to get the figures from INEC were rebuffed by the Public Relation Officer, Mr. Timidi Wariowei, who insisted that journalists had to write a letter to be approved by his superior before he would release the votes.
Meanwhile, the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, has accused INEC of strangulating the smaller political parties to set the stage for Nigeria becoming a one-party state.
It however pledged to support the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in his mission to give the country an effective leadership and good governance.
The party’s National Chairman, Mr. Boniface Aniebonam, made the pledge yesterday when he addressed newsmen on the just-concluded general elections at Umuawulu.
Aniebonam stressed the need for the opposition parties and stakeholders in the country to enter into responsible partnership with the President-elect.
“The best thing all Nigerians should do now is to embrace the rule of law and support the President-elect to move the country forward.
“It is high time Nigerians from different political backgrounds to rally round the President-elect and join hands with him to transform Nigeria in taking the country to the next level,” he said.
The NNPP party chairman however urged Buhari to offer the olive branch to his opponents and see his victory within the context of “No victor, No vanquish.”
He noted that the 2015 general elections conducted by the Prof. Attahiru Jega-led INEC encouraged the strengthening of winning parties and killing of the weaker parties as well as creating in the process the prospect of a one-party state.
He expressed concern over the poor performances of smaller parties in the elections and advocated more funding for political parties in the country.

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