Bayelsa Elections 2023: Ex-President Jonathan Unveils Anointed Candidate

Bayelsa Elections 2023: Ex-President Jonathan Unveils Anointed Candidate

  • Former President Goodluck Jonathan has unveiled his anointed candidate for the forthcoming Bayelsa governorship election
  • Jonathan said PDP candidate, Governor Douye Diri, should be allowed to complete his second term in office
  • He said Diri's administration has done well in the area of security and infrastructural development journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5-year-experience covering metro and government policy

Bayelsa state, Yenagoa - Former President Goodluck Jonathan has unveiled his preferred candidate for the November 11 governorship election in Bayelsa state.

Jonathan backed Governor Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for a second tenure because of the stability of the state, The Punch reported.

Jonathan unveils anointed candidate for Bayelsa guber election
Bayelsa elections 2023: Ex-President Jonathan backs Diri for second-term Photo Credit: Goodluck Jonathan
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This was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah on Tuesday, November 7.

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“I have been in touch with our governor and I believe he should be encouraged to do his eight years. He has been able to stabilise the state.
“Let us find a standard way of doing things. We cannot kill ourselves; we do not want a crisis. I thank you all for what you are doing. While we struggle for leadership, we must have a country.”

As reported by Vanguard, Jonathan was quoted to have said when members of the PDP Bayelsa National Governorship Campaign Council alongside governors, former PDP governors, National Assembly members and other stakeholders paid him a visit at his Yenagoa residence.

The party leaders visited Bayelsa state for the grand finale of Diri’s re-election campaign rally at the Ox-Bow Lake Pavilion in Yenagoa.

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Meanwhile, reported that former President Olusegun Obasanjo may have backed Diri for a second term in office.

According to Obasanjo, if you have a horse that is winning in a race, there is no need to change it, referring to Governor Diri’s second-term bid

INEC adds APC’s Sylva to list of candidates after court order

The name of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Timipre Sylva, was added to the list of candidates contesting the Bayelsa governorship election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) added Sylva’s name to the list on Monday, November 6 in compliance with the Court of Appeal judgement.

Bayelsa, Imo Kogi Polls: INEC Pledges To Upload Results on IReV

INEC made a strong pledge ahead of the Saturday, November 11, off-cycle elections.

The electoral body, with a few days to the governorship polls in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states, assured Nigerians that polling unit results will be uploaded in real-time on the Result Viewing Portal (IReV).


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