Bayelsa 2023 Governorship Election: Nigerians Predict Winner

Bayelsa 2023 Governorship Election: Nigerians Predict Winner

  • Bayelsa, one of the three states set for governorship elections on November 11, has 16 candidates vying for the position
  • The top contenders, based on political history, are Douye Diri (PDP), Timipre Sylva (APC), and Udengs Eradiri (Labour Party)
  • According to a's Twitter poll, 40.5% favour Diri, 37.3% support Sylva, and 22.2% predict Eradiri as the winner, though the official outcome will be determined by INEC journalist Nurudeen Lawal has 9 years of experience covering political campaigns and elections

Yenagoa, Bayelsa state - Bayelsa is one of the three states where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct governorship elections on Saturday, November 11.

Douye Diri and Sylva/Bayelsa 2023 Governorship Election
Nigerians predict PDP's Douye Diri as winner of Bayelsa governorship election. Photo credits: Douye Diri, Timipre Marlin Sylva
Source: Facebook

Ahead of the election, Nigerians on social media have predicted who will emerge the winner in a poll conducted by on Twitter.

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According to INEC's data, 16 political parties and candidates are participating in the election.

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Bayelsa governorship election: Who are the top contenders?

Though 16 candidates are participating in the poll, three are considered the top contenders based on the state's political history. They are:

  • Douye Diri (PDP)
  • Timipre Sylva (APC)
  • Udengs Eradiri (Labour Party)

Who will win Bayelsa guber election? Douye Diri tipped as winner

In a poll conducted by on Twitter, 40.5% of the respondents said Governor Douye Diri, the candidate of the PDP, will win the election, while 37.3% went for Timipre Sylva of the APC.

Lastly, 22.2% of the respondents predicted that the LP candidate, Udengs Eradiri, would win.

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Facts to know about Udengs Eradiri, LP governorship candidate in Bayelsa state notes that this is simply a poll to provide an insight into the possible voting pattern. Voting will be conducted by INEC and the winner will be officially declared by the electoral body.

Bayelsa elections 2023: Ex-President Jonathan backs Diri

Meanwhile, former President Goodluck Jonathan has announced Diri as his preferred candidate for the Bayelsa state governorship election.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah, on Tuesday, November 7.

“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," the former president was quoted as saying.


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Nurudeen Lawal (Head of Politics and Current Affairs Desk) Nurudeen Lawal is an AFP-certified journalist with a wealth of experience spanning over 8 years. He received his B/Arts degree in Literature-in-English from OAU. Lawal is the Head of the Politics/CA Desk at, where he applies his expertise to provide incisive coverage of events. He was named the Political Desk Head of the Year (Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award 2023). He is also a certified fact-checker (Dubawa fellowship, 2020). Contact him at or +2347057737768.

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