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Dickson Receives Certificate of Return

DicksonThe Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson,  has received  the  Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after winning the state governorship election.

Dickson, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, was issued the certificate by INEC at the commission’s office in Yenagoa, the state capital.

The brief ceremony was witnessed by enthused crowd of party faithful, aides of the governor, youth leaders, members of the state House of Assembly and women groups.

Among the personalities at the occasion were the Chief of Staff to the governor, Chief Talford Ongolo, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Kombowei Benson, former acting Governor, Ebebi, Director-General, Restoration Campaign Organisation, Fred Agbedi and commissioners.

The PDP supporters and various groups of women including female dancers from northern part of the country kept the area busy drumming and dancing to celebrate the victory of the governor at the poll.

The state Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd) also received his certificate of return.

Presenting the certificates to Dickson and Jonah, INEC’s Supervising National Commissioner, South-South, Mr. Mustapha Leki, said it was the responsibility of the commission to present the certificates following the declaration by the returning officer.

He said Dickson was declared the winner of the keenly contested election and in accordance with Sections 68(1) and 78(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended deserves the certificate.

He said the certificate must be presented to the governor-elect within seven days, adding that the pronouncement of the returning officer after every election is the final and can only be challenged at the tribunal.

Source: The Nation

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