Anxiety Looms as Bayelsa Election Draws Near
By Joshua Rodgers
There is so much anxiety in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital, as residents are not sure whether the All Progressives Congress, APC will or will not participate in tomorrow’s election. This followed reports that an Appeal Court has reversed yesterday’s decision of a Federal High Court which nullified the APC primary.
Correspondent Joshua Rogers who is in Bayelsa State reports that the uncertainty surrounding the chance of the APC dominated discussions on the streets, in supermarkets and in restaurants last night.
The APC through its Governorship Campaign Manager, said their candidate, David Lyon would take part in the election. But the PDP Governorship Candidate, Douye Diri asked Bayelsa residents to ignore the APC, saying that the party lost the chance to participate in the election when a court earlier disqualified its Deputy Governorship Candidate.
Saturday’s elections in Bayelsa and Kogi state will be the first major elections INEC will be conducting after the February and March 2019 general elections. The Commission will also conduct a supplementary election in six polling units for the House of Assembly seat in Brass Constituency one.
The @PoliceNG says it is ready for Kogi and Bayelsa elections. Dep. IG, Abdulmajid Ali warns the Police will deal with anyone who threatens the success of the elections. #KogiDecides2019 #BayelsaDecides2019 pic.twitter.com/Y6AKmLfXki— Nigeria Info FM 99.3 (@NigeriainfoFM) November 15, 2019
According to INEC’s Information Booklet, there are a total of 923,182 registered voters in eight local government areas of Bayelsa State with 105 wards and 1, 804 polling units. Forty-five political parties, including the APC were initially cleared for the governorship election. 42 of the parties feature male candidates, while three political parties will see female candidates. One of the parties, NNPP sponsored the oldest governorship candidate at 70years, while ADP, UPC, and UPN sponsored the youngest candidates at 35 years.