June 11, 2024

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PDP’s Diri declared re-elected in Bayelsa after 48hrs of anxeity

OPPOSITION People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won the governorship election in Bayelsa state – one of its traditional strongholds.
Turnout was low at just about 30 per cent yet results were announced a day later than planned because votes were still being counted.
A British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) analysis has noted that governorship elections were also held in Imo and Kogi states, both won by the ruling APC candidates, even though serious contentious issues linger in Kogi.
In both cases there are reports of violence and rigging. But all three states saw low voter turnout – indicating that many Nigerians have little interest or confidence in the system anymore.
In Bayelsa, the PDP’s Douye Diri took 175,000 votes, the APC’s candidate Timipre Silva came second with 110,000 votes, and Udengs Eradiri of Labour Party won just 900.
Some clashes had been reported in Bayelsa state during voting on Saturday. An electoral official was abducted a day before the polls before being released.
In Imo state, Gov. Hope Uzodinma won with more than 540,000 votes, Samuel Anyanwu of the main opposition PDP came second with 71,500 votes, with the Labour Party’s Athan Nneji Achonu third on 64,000.
Rumpus in other states

BBC reports that some Imo residents were seen on election day queuing to buy water rather than going to vote, as a strike has cut supplies of drinking water and electricity.
In Kogi state, the APC’s Ahmed Usman Ododo got 446,000 votes, Alhaji Muritala Ajaka, the SDP came second with 260,000, while the PDP’s Dino Melaye got 46,000.
Two people accused of trying to steal ballot boxes were reportedly shot dead, the BBC says of Kogi.
There were reports of fraud also in parts of Kogi but the electoral commission says these werr not enough to affect the overall outcome.
It had initially said fresh elections would be needed in parts of the state following opposition allegations that the results had been written before voting had even started.
According to BBC, INEC later announced that the number of registered voters in these areas was smaller than Ododo’s margin of victory so the reruns were cancelled.
Some of the losing candidates in the three states have alleged malpractices and are calling for the cancellation of the results.
However, after the electoral commission has announced a winner, the only option available is to go to the courts to challenge the outcome.