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LATEST updates on the Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi governorship elections: 22.00 hours, Saturday November 11, 2023

AFTER earlier reports of hooliganism in Shagbama, Bayelsa State, in the off-season governorship elections in that state as well as Imo and Kogi, only one more major fatality has been reported.
A party supporter was shot dead at about 18.00 hours Saturday.
But, there are various other infractions that have attended the elections, only that it is hard to present an organized report now.
Nevertheless, here is a staccato:
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended elections in nine out of 10 registration areas or wards in Ogori-Magongo local government area of Kogi State.
Mohammed Kudu Haruna, INEC national commissioner and member of its information and voter education committee confirms this in a statement on Saturday night in Abuja.
In Imo State, Governor Hope Uzodinma running for re-election flying the flag of All Progressives’ Congress (APC) won in the two polling units inside Government House, Owerri.
The polling unit in front of Government House Chapel 2 Owerri Municipal, captured 38 votes on BVAS and was countLGA
LP -19​
APC – 21
PDP – 16
ADP – 2
AA – 1
Void – 2
Booth 17, Ukwugba, Umuodu Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA
APC – 75
LP – 18
PDP – 20


Now, here are some results from Kogi:
PU: Open Space, Okoro, Odokoro Ward, Ijumu LGA
APC – 206
PDP – 73
SDP – 5
ADC – 17
PU: 010, Wussa Uzhibu (Aguma) LGEA School Aguma, Bassa LGA
APC – 174
PDP – 18
SDP – 46
LP – 0
PU: 006, Gbamu LGEA School Gbamu, Bassa LGA
APC – 49
PDP – 24
SDP – 16
LP – 0
PU: 004, Odulo Open Space Odulo, Bassa LGA
APC – 59
PDP – 26
SDP – 16
LP – 0
Ki results
PU 005 Ugwolawo/Town Hall, Ward 05, Ugwolawo, Ofu LGA, Kogi state.
APC – 29
SDP – 239
PDP – 01
Dino Melaye’s polling unit
APC – 22
PDP – 210
SDP – 1
PRP – 2
NRM – 1
ADP – 1
ADC – 7
PU: Open space, Iluafon quarters, RA: Aiyetoro 1, Ijumu LGA, Kogi
APC – 22
PDP – 210
SDP – 1
PRP – 2
NRM – 1
ADP – 1
ADC – 7
PU: Open space, Iluafon quarters, RA: Aiyetoro 1, Ijumu LGA, Kogi
PDP – 210
APC – 22
ADC – 7
PRP – 2
SDP – 1
NRM – 1
ADP – 1
PU 12 Crowther Memo/Sabin Gari, Lokoja LGA, Kogi
APC – 53
PDP – 22
SDP – 53
PU 025, Grade 1 Area Court, Ajaka Ward 07, Igalamela/Odolu LGA, Kogi state.
APC – 05
PDP – 0
SDP – 111
PU: 017, Fadama III Hall Ayede-Sheme, Bassa LGA, Kogi state
APC – 39
PDP – 51
SDP – 62
LP – 0
Open space beside Sa’ad Cut GRA, Lokoja LGA
APC – 44
PDP – 13
SDP – 33
Polling Unit 069, Crowder 2, Open Place in Ward 01, Lokoja LGA.
AA – 1
ADC – 3
APC – 38
PDP – 15
SDP – 23


To Bayelsa for some results:
PU: Boutibi Open Space, Brass Ward 1, Brass LGA
APC – 10
PDP – 64
NRM – 1
PU: Twon Community Kemmer Open Space, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA
APC – 43
PDP – 65
PU: General Hospital Open Space, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA
APC – 20
PDP – 49
PU: Customary Court Court Hall, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA
APC – 10
PDP – 19
PU: Dogiye Polo Open Space; Ward: Brass Ward II; LGA: Brass
APC – 12
PDP – 36
NRM – 1
Kiri Community Hall, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA
APC – 28
PDP – 77
PU: St. Barnabas Pri. School 1, Twon Ward, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA
APC – 19
PDP – 43
PU: Sunny Polo Open Space, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA
APC – 21
ADC – 1
PDP – 43
Sampou/Kalama Ward, PU 004, Kolokuma/Opokuma LG, unit.
APC – 0
ADP – 1
PDP – 218
LP – 0


Meanwhile an abducted INEC official in Bayelsa regains freedom. He is the supervisory presiding officer abducted on the eve of the election.
State INEC head of voter education and publicity Wilfred Ifogah confirms release in a statement in Yenagoa on Saturday.
Back to Kogi State where Dino Melaye, candidate of PDP demands outright cancellation of the elections in five local government areas of the state.
He lists the LGAs as Okene, Okehi, Ajaokuta, Adavi and Ogori/Mangogo as he writes on his X (Twitter) account: “INEC must cancel the election in the five local governments of Kogi-Central.
“The elections in those areas are scams co-ordinated from the highest level of INEC.”
Back to Imo where operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) thwart alleged vote buying.
At Eke Ama, Awaka polling units 001 and 002, in Owerri-North, vote buying allegedly continued unabated until an EFCC operative, who pretended to be a voter, alerted his colleagues.
They quickly stormed the area and arrested some people sharing money. Voting continued after the EFCC operatives left the scene.
As of about 15.00 hours, Imo State Labour Party (LP) chairman Calistus Ihejiagwa alleged that voting materials were hijacked in four wards of Arondizuogu in Ideato-North LGA.
He added that the hijacked materials and result sheets were being thumb-printed at a private residence, INEC to quickly intervene to stop the manipulation of the election process.


Back in Kogi, APC and SDP leaders are trading words over the death of one Umar Hassan in Anyigba, Dekina council area.
While the APC accuses SDP thugs of shooting Hassan dead, the SDP says Hassan was on his way to hijack a ballot box at a polling unit in Anyingba and was shot dead by the military.
APC, in a statement by Kingsley Fanwo, says: “People suspected to be SDP thugs gunned down Umar Hassan, 35, at his Agala Ogane polling unit, Anyigba.
“Fear gripped voters at the polling unit as SDP thugs were on the rampage, threatening to kill anyone who votes against the ‘Igala Agenda.’
“They kept chanting war songs that they would kill anyone who voted against the Igala Agenda. They targeted Hassan, being an APC member.
“What surprised me most was that the military personnel that had been targeting APC supporters for arrest and harassment were not on the ground to save Hassan’s life. It was so unfortunate,” Fanwo laments.
In yet another bizarre incident in Imo State, gunmen said to number over 10, allegedly snatched over N1.5 million being shared among voters at the four polling units within All Saints Anglican Cathedral in Owerri.
While the shooting lasted, policemen attached to the area fled, INEC officials laid down, and voters, party agents, observers, and journalists took to their heels.