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Just In: Senator Diri Emerges Bayelsa PDP Gov’ship Candidate

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Senator Douye Diri has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election for Bayelsa State.

Naija News understands that the primary election was held at the Dr Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa.

The Governor Darius Ishaku-led PDP Bayelsa State Governorship Primary Committee began the exercise at 11:30 pm on Tuesday night and ended it at 5:00 am Wednesday morning.

Diri, who represents Bayelsa Central at the National Assembly, defeated 19 other aspirants to emerge the PDP candidate for the forthcoming November 16 governorship election in the state.

One of the 21 aspirants, Talford Ongolo, had stepped down from the race on the eve of the primary poll.

Diri polled a total of 561 votes to win the governorship ticket of the PDP.

Former Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Timi Alaibe, came second with 365 votes.

Diri and Alaibe are from the same Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area.

The election was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Monday Tom Udoh.

Speaking after the voting and collation of results, Governor Ishaku said: “I, therefore, by the authority conferred on me as the chairman of this gubernatorial primary election which took place today in Yenagoa; the highest votes were scored by Senator Douye Diri.

“He has the highest votes of 561 votes. I, therefore, declare him as the winner of this gubernatorial election.”


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Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.