Following the conclusion of last Saturday’s off-cycle governorship elections, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State and Kogi State governor-elect, Usman Ododo, have received their certificates of return.
Diri, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Bayelsa, and his running mate, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, were presented with their certificates of return on Friday at the state headquarters of INEC, Yenagoa.
Meanwhile, Ododo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his deputy, Joel Salifu, received their certificates at the INEC headquarters in Lokoja, Kogi State.
Speaking in Bayelsa, INEC National Commissioner May Agbamuche-Mbu emphasised that both pairs had fulfilled the electoral requirements set forth by the commission.
Expressing gratitude for non-interference in the electoral process, Diri commended President Bola Tinubu.
He also pointed out the importance of understanding the true essence of democracy for its successful implementation in Nigeria.
Diri called for an end to the use of violence, such as guns and machetes as a means of securing electoral victory.
Highlighting the significance of democracy, the Bayelsa governor dedicated his victory to the people of the state and urged those in the diaspora to contribute to the state’s development through investments.
Diri secured a total of 175,196 votes in the 2023 elections, surpassing his closest rival, Timpre Sylva, by 65,088 votes, while the Labour Party’s Udengs Eradiri secured a distant third with 905 votes.
In Kogi, Ododo emerged victorious with 446,237 votes, defeating Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who garnered 259,052 votes. Dino Melaye of the PDP polled 46,362 votes.
Imo election was the most peaceful – Uzodinma
The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, on Friday, received his certificate of return in Owerri, the state capital, following last Saturday’s governorship election.
In his speech, the governor congratulated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for “conducting the freest, fairest, and most peaceful election in the history of Imo State.”
The state Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Prof Abayomi Fashina, declared Uzodimma re-elected on Sunday morning around 10 a.m after over eight hours of collation of local government area (LGA) results.
Uzodimma, 64, swept all the 27 LGAs in the state, defeating Samuel Anyanwu of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Nneji Achonu (Labour Party), Jack Ogunewe of (Action Alliance), and 14 other opponents.
The APC candidate polled 540,308 votes to defeat his closest rivals, PDP’s Anyanwu, who scored 71,503 votes and LP’s Achonu who got 64,081.Follow us on social media