He said this at a press briefing in Yenagoa on Monday.
Among those also present at the media event were Diri’s running mate, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo; PDP’s Vice Chairman, South-South Zone, Emmanuel Ogidi; member of the state House of Assembly, Munalayefa Gibson, representing Ogbia 2; chairman of Ogbia Local Government Council and the governorship candidates of some political parties that participated in the election, among others.
According to PUNCH report, Diri said he was no longer the PDP candidate but the winner of the poll.
He said that he should be “addressed properly” as the winner of the governorship poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had on Sunday night declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, David Lyon as the winner of the election.
INEC’s state Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, who announced the final result of the poll, said Lyon polled 352, 552 votes while Diri got 143, 172 votes.
Lyon won in six local government areas of Brass, Nembe, Ogbia, Yenagoa, Ekeremor and Southern Ijaw while the won in Sagbama and Kolokuma/Opokuma LGAs.
But the PDP candidate said that the figures declared by the commission did not reflect what transpired at the polling units and urged the INEC to declare him as the governor-elect.