President Buhari Congratulates Bayelsa Newly Elected Governor, David Lyon

  • President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the newly elected governor of Bayelsa state, David Lyon
  • Lyon, the APC candidate at the Saturday, November 16 governorship elections won with over 300,000 votes to defeat the PDP candidate
  • The president in his congratulatory message commended the APC supporters for exercising their franchise.

Presented below is the Statement issued by Femi Adesina, special adviser on media and publicity to the president:


President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates most warmly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the November 16 election in Bayelsa State, David Lyon, on his impressive victory.

President Buhari also commends APC supporters in particular and Nigerians in general in the State who exercised their civic rights in a peaceful manner, notwithstanding the pockets of unrest recorded in some locations.

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Condemning the loss of lives in Bayelsa, particularly prior to the election, the President commiserates with the families of the victims.

According to President Buhari, ‘‘Violence during elections vitiates our commitment to demonstrate to the world and upcoming generation that we are a people capable of electing leaders in a peaceful and orderly manner.’’

He notes that while officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies did their best within the ambit of the law to ensure free, fair and credible elections, it is unfortunate that pockets of unrest, mostly sponsored by desperate politicians, were recorded during the poll.

David Lyon (Middle), the newly elected governor of Bayelsa state

The President looks forward to working with the incoming government to improve the lives of the people in Bayelsa State, while ensuring the security of lives and property of all citizens.

President Buhari urges Governor-elect Lyon to carry other divergent interests along in the next phase of governance, imploring those not satisfied with the outcome of the poll to seek redress through the constitutionally established channels.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Adviser)
November 18, 2019

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