BREAKING: Diri Leading With Over 65,000 Votes After INEC Announced Collation Of All LGAs

BREAKING: Diri Leading With Over 65,000 Votes After INEC Announced Collation Of All LGAs

  • Governor Douye Diri is maintaining a solid lead and is gradually coasting to victory
  • From the results announced so far by INEC, Diri is leading Timipre Sylva of the APC with a wide margin
  • As of now, INEC is done with the collation of official results and is set to announce the winner of the Saturday, November 11, governorship election journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Bayelsa state, Yenagoa - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has collated the results of all the local governments in Bayelsa state.

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Currently, Diri is leading Sylva after securing victory in major LGAs of the state. Photo credit: Timipre Marlin Sylva, Douye Diri
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Following this development, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state is leading with over 60,000 votes in the Saturday, November 11, governorship election, Daily Independent reports.

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Diri, seeking a second term in office, is in the race with fifteen other candidates, including Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Udengs Eradiri of the Labour Party (LP).

2-man race between Diri and Sylva

It has, however, been reduced to a two-man hot race involving a former Bayelsa governor, Sylva, who has completed a two-term in office and Diri, who just completed a first term and is seeking re-election.

After the result of Southern Ijaw was declared, the margin between Diri and his closest challenger, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC), climbed to 65,088.

Diri polled a total of 175,196 votes, while Sylva trailed behind with 110,108 votes.

INEC completes collation of Bayelsa election result reported earlier that Governor Diri won six local government areas in the 2023 Bayelsa governorship poll. Diri, 64, is the flagbearer of the PDP.

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After the collation of results resumed on Monday afternoon, November 13, Diri took most LGAs, while his major challenger, Timipre Sylva (candidate of the APC), won in two LGAs.

APC's Sylva wins own local govt

Earlier, reported that Sylva won an additional LGA - Brass.

Sylva, who had ruled Bayelsa state some years back, hails from Brass local government. also reported that the APC condemned alleged attempts to move the collation of Brass LGA to Yenagoa.

The APC condemned this in a statement by Felix Morka, the APC national publicity secretary.


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