Meet The 2 Female Governorship Candidates in Bayelsa State

Meet The 2 Female Governorship Candidates in Bayelsa State

  • Two of the governorship candidates running in Saturday’s election in Bayelsa state are women, representing a low 12.5 per cent female inclusion rate
  • reports that the two women governorship hopefuls are under-42 and not new to politics
  • Oguara Nengimonyo of the ADP and Mercy Kemelayefa Ogege (APP) are the women aspiring to be Bayelsa state's No.1 citizen journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 6-year-experience covering politics in Nigeria

Yenagoa, Bayelsa state - 16 governorship candidates are vying for the top job in Bayelsa state, among them are two women.

The two women are regarded as underdogs in the contest.

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Bayelsans will vote in the governorship poll on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Photo credit: Kemelayefa Mercy Ogege
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1) Oguara Nengimonyo

Nengimonyo is the candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the 2023 Bayelsa state gubernatorial election.

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Nengimonyo, 41, is not contesting for the governorship seat for the first time. In November 2019, she ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic People's Party (DPP's) flagbearer.

2) Kemelayefa Mercy Ogege

Ogege flies the flag of the Action Peoples Party (APP). A 35-year-old, Ogege is the youngest governorship candidate among the 16 contestants.

From Sagbama, Ogege is the President of the Ijaw Women of Substance Worldwide, a socio-cultural organisation in Nigeria.

Prior to the 2023 general elections, Ogege was an aspirant for the Bayelsa state House of Assembly.

Although it would be a surprise of the century if she wins, Ogege is optimistic about her chances.

Recently, she wrote on her known Facebook page:

"Dear Bayelsans, when they tell you it's impossible and it's never been done before, tell them it is possible with you cos you operate from a different realm.
"Though it's never been done, that's why you were created to do it.

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"Tell them you function from the realm of possibilities and you do not understand the language of "no one has done it before".
"Do not allow the voices of the naysayers stop you from hearing the thunderous voice of the one who has anointed you for the task ahead.
"Don't forget, it's what you believe that works, not what they believe.
"Tell them, it is possible with you cos you operate from a different realm."

Bayelsa election: "I see Diri winning", analyst

Earlier, reported that a political analyst, Segun Akinleye, predicted victory for Douye Diri in the forthcoming Bayelsa state governorship election. Incumbent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor, Diri is running for re-election.

In an interview with, Akinleye dismissed the hopes of Timipre Sylva, the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Bayelsa gov'ship election 2023: Candidates' credentials

Also, listed the academic credentials of Governor Diri and other contestants in the coming Bayelsa election submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

For elections in Nigeria, one of the guidelines of INEC is for candidates to submit their certificates to the electoral body.

Bayelsa election: Police restrict movement

Meanwhile, Kayode Egbetokun, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), on Tuesday, November 7, disclosed that there will be no vehicular movement as well as activities of canoes, ships, and other means of transportation via waterways in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo states.

The directive takes effect from Friday, November 10.

How Nigerians vote for their governors, in a piece, explained how Nigerians vote for their state governors.

In the current system, an election is the means of choosing representatives in the West African nation.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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