The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party over the weekend won the eight chairmanship positions and 105 councillorship seats in local government elections conducted by the Bayelsa Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC).
The poll comes in just few months to the much-anticipated governorship election of November 16 in the state.
This online news platform understands that the returning Officers from the eight local council areas took turns to declare the results of the election at the BYSIEC collation centre at the Yenagoa City Council.
In a report obtained by Naija News, the results showed that; “Diepreye Ubarugu of the PDP polled 42,539 votes to beat other contenders to emerge Chairman of Kolokuma-Opokuma LGA while Dr. Bertola Perekeme scored 62,529 to clinch that of Ekeremor.
Also, Alali Embelakpor was declared winner of Sagbama Chairmanship election with 96, 468 votes and Kia Nigeria topped other candidates with 107,150 votes to win in Southern Ijaw.
PDPs candidate, Victor Isaiah, was declared winner of Brass after scoring 28,667 votes while Ebinyo Turnah won Ogbia with 17,661 votes.
In Nembe, Alalibo West son with 54,562 votes while Oropaye Nimizua became the Major of Yenagoa City-elect with 89,831 votes.”
Prior to the wins by the PDP, the Chairman of BYSIEC, Chief Remember Ogbe officially declared the eight PDP candidates as new Chairmen of the eight Local Government Councils.
While reacting to the outcome of the election, the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, described the local government council election in the state as peaceful, free, fair and credible.
Report from the security commanders across the state have given me the overview which does not indicate any major concern.
Our hope and expectation is that this exercise will end peacefully just as it has started on a peaceful and orderly note.
The major opposition party in the state on their own decided to boycott the election but there are still over 30 political parties that presented candidates for the election and so it will be a contested election.
But at the end of the day, i call on all persons to vote according to their conscience in an orderly and peaceful manner,the Governor said.
Author: Akoh Godday