November 11, 2023

Diri wins Bayelsa governorship election

Breaking: Diri wins Bayelsa governorship election

Gov. Diri

By Emem Idio, Yenagoa

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and incumbent, Senator Douye Diri,

has been declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship elections held in the state.

The state’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Returning Officer Prof Farouk Kuta, made the announcement.

Professor Kuta, who is the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lafia, said: “The elections were contested. And Senator Douye Diri of the PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”

Diri won in six out of eight local government areas of the state. He polled a total of 175,196 votes to defeat 15 other candidates including his closest rival, Chief Timipre Sylva of the APC.

Sylva came second, having won in two local government areas and polled a total of 110,108 votes.

The candidate of the Labour Party, LP,  Mr. Udengs, came a distant third with 905 votes.


Breaking: APC’s Usman Ododo declared winner of Kogi governorship election

Final result from Kogi

APC – 446,237
PDP – 46,362
SDP – 259,052
ADC – 21, 819


Result from Ibaji LGA

APC: 6991

SDP: 16,984

PDP: 269


Collation of result resume in Kogi State


Bayelsa Guber: INEC adjourns collation to Monday

By Emem Idio, Yenagoa

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Bayelsa State has adjourned the announcements of the remaining two local government areas results to 12 noon on Monday.

The outstanding local government areas are Brass and Southern Ijaw LGAs.

The Head of Department Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Bayelsa State, Mr Wilfred Ifogah who announced the adjournment after the session was reconvened by 7pm on Sunday, said there are challenges in coalition of some units and wards results of the two local government areas.

Recalled that out of the eight local government areas of the state, results of six have been announced where the PDP won five and the APC won one.


INEC to hold fresh elections in affected polling units in Kogi


By Emem Idio, Yenagoa

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and incumbent Governor, Senator Douye Diri is coasting to victory in the Saturday governorship elections after clinching five out of the six local government areas so far announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

With the announcements of results of three more local government areas after the break, PDP won two LGAs while the All Progressives Congress, APC, won one. 

The PDP won in Sagbama and Ekeremor LGAs while the APC won in Nembe LGA.

Recall that the PDP candidate had earlier won in Yenagoa, Kolokuma/Opokuma, and Ogbia LGAs.

The PDP has so far garnered 137909 votes while the APC is trailing with 73503 votes.

Meanwhile, the results for Brass and Southern Ijaw LGAs are still been awaited as the State Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof Farouk Kuta, has adjourned the collation.

Bayelsa election results from Ekeremor LGA

APC -8445

Registered Voters: 137,225
Accredited Voters: 22,066

Total Valid Votes: 31,741
Rejected Votes: 279
Total Votes Cast: 32,020


Collation officers in Bayelsa

From left: Tolani Alausa, Bayelsa state Commissioner of Police; May Agbamuche-Mbu, National Commissioner, INEC; Prof Kuta Farouk, Bayelsa State Returning Officer, and Obo Effanga, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Bayelsa State, at the collation of Bayelsa State 2023 governorship election results at INEC Office in Yenagoa. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke


Results from Bayelsa

Sagbama LGA

APC -6608

Registered Voters: 13,8832
Accredited Voters: 42,879

Total Valid Votes: 42,467
Rejected Votes: 393
Total Valid Votes: 42,860

Nembe LGA

APC -22248

Registered Voters: 99,035
Accredited Voters: 37,404

Total Valid Votes: 27,036
Rejected Votes: 264
Total Votes Cast: 27,300


Breaking: Ododo leads in Kogi as APC clears 11 of 18 LGAs announced


By Boluwaji Obahopo, LOKOJA

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Usman Ododo, is currently leading other candidates.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the results from 18 out of 21 local government areas of Kogi State.

The local governments are Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Bassa, Dekina, Idah, Ijumu, Kabba-Bunu, Kogi, Mopamuro, Ofu, Okehi, Okene, Olamaboro, Omala, Yagba East and Yagba West.

The results from only one ward in Ogori Magongo was received and announced.

From the 18 results already declared so far, Ododo is leading with 417,166 votes; Social Democratic Party, SDP, candidate, Murtala Ajaka, has 208,503 votes, while the People’s Democratic Party, PDP’s candidate, Dino Melaye, has 41,925 votes.


APC urges INEC to uphold people’s will

The National Secretariat of the APC has warned against any attempt to truncate the will of the people in Kogi State.

The party urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to remain steadfast in its commitment to its mandate.

The party, in a statement, by Felix Morka, its National Publicity Secretary, said it is clear that its candidate, Usman Ododo, is coasting to spectacular victory in the Kogi gubernatorial election.

APC, therefore, called on INEC to protect the integrity of the legitimate votes of the Kogi electorate.


Our officials held hostage in Bayelsa — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that its officials were held hostage in Bayelsa State.

They raised the alarm on their X (Twitter) page.

INEC wrote: “The Unfolding Situation in Brass Local Government Area.

“The Commission is closely watching the situation in Brass LGA of Bayelsa State, where our officials are held hostage.

“This is detrimental to credible elections. We call on the security agencies to immediately facilitate their release.”

INEC officials arrive collation centre in Bayelsa

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have returned the collation centre in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The State Returning Officer, Kuta Farouk; the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Obo Effanga, and INEC National Commissioner, May Agbamuche, are already seated.

Collation will continue soon.


Video: Diri’s supporters partying in Bayelsa

PDP supporters in Bayelsa State celebrating Governor Diri’s early lead at the INEC office in Yenagoa.

By Nwankpa Chijioke


Security at Bayesla INEC office

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa

Security has been heightened around the Bayelsa office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, venue of the collation of results of the Saturday governorship poll.

Armed soldiers, policemen and personnel from other sister agencies backed by armoured personnel carriers were stationed at the three points leading to the complex.

Interestingly, the perimetre of security dragnet has since assumed a carnival-like atmosphere with music blaring from a sound system mounted on a Toyota Hilux van draped with the poster of Governor Douye Diri and his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

The celebrants, who are mainly supporters of the PDP, have turned the road into a dance arena over their party’s early lead.

INEC has so far released the results from Kolokuma-Opokuma, Ogbia and Yenagoa LGAs with the PDP leading.


Results from Kogi

Bassa LG
A – 47
AA – 10
AAC – 32
ADC – 448
ADP – 51
APC – 9,515
APGA – 20
APM – 11
APP – 143
BP – 02
LP – 05
NNPP – 07
NRM – 25
PDP – 3,605
PRP – 35
SDP – 7,543
YPP – 40
ZLP – 14


Registered Voters: 69,376

Accredited Voters: 22,276

Valid Votes: 21,554

Rejected Votes: 718

Votes Cast: 22,272

Omala LG

A – 33

AA – 05

AAC – 07

ADC – 218

ADP – 26

APC – 2,902

APGA – 07

APM – 01

APP – 50

BP – 02

LP – 05

NNPP – 01

NRM – 04

PDP – 832

PRP – 19

SDP – 18,160

YPP – 38

ZLP – 07

Registered Voters: 74,537

Accredited Voters: 22,538

Valid Votes: 22,317

Rejected Votes: 196

Votes Cast: 22,513

Koton Karfe LG

A – 06

AA – 31

AAC – 08

ADC – 133

ADP – 44

APC – 14,769

APGA – 16

APM – 05

APP – 37

BP – 02

LP – 09

NNPP – 05

NRM – 08

PDP – 2,974

PRP – 24

SDP – 8,441

YPP – 25

ZLP – 04

Registered Voters: 63,342

Accredited Voters: 27,184

Valid Votes: 26,541

Rejected Votes: 308

Vote Cast: 26,849


A – 26

AA – 60

AAC – 28

ADC – 297

ADP – 66

APC – 5,245

APGA – 26

APM – 12

APP – 141

BP – 02

LP – 19

NNPP – 12

NRM – 11

PDP – 293

PRP – 62

SDP – 28,768

YPP – 86

ZLP – 26

Registered Voters: 101,964

Accredited Voters: 36,087

Valid Votes: 35,180

Rejected Votes: 587

Votes Cast: 35,767

Ijumu LGA

A – 20

AA – 93

AAC – 32

ADP – 81

APC – 10,524

APGA – 12

APM – 06

APP – 10

BP – 03

LP – 05

NNPP – 07

NRM – 19

PDP – 6,909

PRP – 10

SDP – 356

YPP – 04

ZLP – 02

Registered Voters: 66,482

Accredited Voters: 20,405

Valid Votes: 19,991

Rejected Votes: 384

Votes Cast: 20,375

Kabba-Bunu LGA

A – 17

AA – 196

AAC – 23

ADC – 1,537

ADP – 73

APC – 12,376

APGA – 16

APM – 08

APP – 10

BP – 03

LP – 07

NNPP – 07

NRM – 16

PDP – 8,566

PRP – 12

SDP – 942

YPP – 11

ZLP – 03

Registered Voters: 87,162

Accredited Voters: 24,242

Valid Votes: 23,823

Rejected Votes: 419

Votes Cast: 24,242

Ogoro Magongo LGA

A – 00

AA – 00

AAC – 00

ADC – 11

ADP – 01

APC – 362

APGA – 00

APM – 00

APP – 00

BP – 00

LP – 01

NNPP – 00

NRM – 02

PDP – 86

PRP – 00

SDP – 195

YPP – 00

ZLP – 00

Registered Voters: 17,688

Accredited Voters: 665

Valid Votes: 658

Rejected: 07

Total Votes Cast: 665


A – 39

AA – 03

AAC – 08

ADC – 91

ADP – 22

APC – 20,33

APGA – 18

APM – 03

APP – 58

BP – 03

LP – 10

NNPP – 06

NRM – 05

PDP – 271

PRP – 51

SDP – 20,059

YPP – 46

ZLP – 16

Registered Voters: 64,339

Accredited Voters: 23,044

Valid Votes: 22,742

Rejected Votes: 280

Votes Cast: 23,022

Yagba West LGA

A – 29

AA – 31

AAC – 16

ADC – 4,556

ADP – 59

APC – 7,969

APGA – 05

APM – 04

APP – 03

BP – 01

LP – 03

NNPP – 03

NRM – 09

PDP – 3,010

PRP – 30

SDP – 1,002

YPP – 05

ZLP – 03

Registered Voters: 51,234

Accredited Voters: 17,152

Valid Votes: 16,738

Rejected Votes: 363

Tota Votes Cast: 17,101


Photos: Supporters celebrating Diri’s lead


Breaking: INEC adjourns collation of Bayelsa election results till 3 p.m.

By Emem Idio, Yenagoa

After the declaration of results of three local government areas — Kolokuma/Opokuma, Ogbia and Yenagoa — the Returning Officer adjourned till 3 p.m.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Faruk Kuta, is the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.

Meanwhile, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and incumbent governor, Douye Diri, is leading with 38,403 votes.

The results from five local governments are still being awaited.


More results from Bayelsa

Ogbia LGA
Registered voters: 119,571

Accredited voters: 36,955

A – 2

AA – 0

ADC – 56

ADP – 45

APC – 16,319

APGA – 7

APM – 2

APP – 0

BP – 0

LP – 57

NNPP – 4

NRM – 37

PDP – 18,435

PRP – 5

SDP – 2

ZLP – 0

Total valid votes: 34,971
Rejected votes: 497
Total votes cast: 35,468

Yenagoa LGA

Registered Voters: 218,394
Accredited Voters: 54,380


Total Valid Votes: 53,052
Rejected Votes: 1,018
Total Votes Casts: 54,070


In Kogi State…

Meanwhile, in Kogi State, the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, is on the ground, as results from 21 local government areas will be collated.

The local governments are Adavi, Ajaokuta, Ankpa, Bassa, Dekina, Ibaji, Idah, Ijumu, Igalamela-Odolu, Kabba/Bunu, Kogi, Lokoja, Mopa-Muro, Olamaboro, Ofu, Okehi, Omala, Ogori/Magongo, Okene, Yagba East and Yagba West.


KolokumahOpokuma LGA, Wards 11
No registered voters: 65,364
Accredited voters 24,171
AA – 02

ADC – 15

ADP 21

APC – 5,349

APGA – 06

APM – 01

APP – 0

BP – 03

LP – 22

NNPP – 01

NRM – 29

PDP – 18,465

PRP – 03

SDP -0

ZLP – 01

Total valid vote: 23,918
Rejected votes: 141
TVC: 24,059

By Samuel Oyadongha


INEC announces Uzodimma as winner in Imo

By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Hope Uzodimma, winner of last Saturday’s governorship election.

According to the INEC’s state collation and returning officer, Abayomi Fasina, Uzodimma got 540,308 votes.

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, came second with 71,503 votes.

Senator Athan Achonu of the Labour Party, LP, came third with a total of 64,081 votes.

Read a fuller story HERE.

Breaking: Uzodimma clears all 27 LGAs

he incumbent governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has won the entire 27 local government areas of the state.

Following the results of yesterday’s governorship election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Returning officer, Abayomi Fasina, at the INEC’s office, in Owerri, on Sunday, it appears a landslide.


Breaking: All results from LGs in Imo announced

Results from all the local governments in Imo State have been announced.

However, the returning officer has announced a one-hour recess.

When the collation is reconvened, the winner of the Imo governorship election will be declared.


Imo Labour Party agent beaten, tossed out of collation centre

A Labour Party, LP, agent in Imo State, Calistus Ihejiagwa, Sunday morning, beaten and then thrown out of the Imo State Collation Centre in Owerri.

He had raised an objection to the results collated from the local government areas on the grounds that results brought before the state collation centre were at variance with what was on the Result Viewing Portal, IREV.

Ihejiagwa kept saying he had a petition to present to that effect, with the Returning Officer, Prof Abayomi Fashina, saying it was not in his purview to receive petitions.

As the issue degenerated, other parties’ agents bundled him out, while some hit him.


Breaking: Hope Uzodimma in early lead

Hope Uzodimma, the APC governorship candidate in Imo State, is leading with the results so far announced.

He has won 20 out of 27 local government areas. Below are the standings for now:

𝐀𝐏𝐂: 430,218

𝐋𝐏: 45,020

𝐏𝐃𝐏: 45,698

Breaking: 5 collation officers sent back for results reconciliation

By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri

The collation officers of five local government areas – Orlu, Ikeduru, Ihitte Uboma, Ohaji/Egbema and Ideato North – have been asked to go and reconcile their result sheets before they can present the election results


RESULT: Oguta LGA, Imo State

Accredited voters: 64,260

LP: 1,941

PDP: 2,653

APC: 57,310


RESULT: Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA, Imo State

APC: 8,473

LP: 3,332

PDP, 2,737


RESULT: Isiala Mbano LGA, Imo State

Accredited voters: 15911

APC: 10,860

LP: 2,419

PDP: 1,659


RESULT: Aboh Mbaise LGA, Imo state

Accredited voters: 16,084

APC: 9,638

LP: 2,455

PDP: 1,724


RESULT: Owerri West LGA, Imo state
Accredited voters: 16,296

APC: 9,205

LP: 2,597

PDP: 3,305


RESULT: Nkwerre LGA, Imo state
Accredited voters: 26,993

APC: 22,488

LP: 1,320

PDP: 2,632


RESULT: Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, Imo state

Accredited voters: 16,097

APC: 8,369

LP: 2,213

PDP: 3,507


RESULT: Isu LGA, Imo state

Accredited voters: 15,974

APC: 11,312

LP: 1,253

PDP: 2,508


RESULT: Oru East LGA, Imo state
Accredited voters: 74,324

APC: 67,315

LP: 3,443

PDP: 2,202


RESULT: Ngor Okpala LGA, Imo state

Accredited voters: 22,111

APC: 14,143

LP: 2,716

PDP: 3,451


RESULT: Ideato south LGA, Imo state
Accredited voters: 21,935

APC: 16,891

LP: 1,649

PDP: 2,469

RESULT: Onuimo Local Government

Accredited voters: 18,405
APC – 13,434
LP – 1,753
PDP- 2,676


5:13 amLP, PDP party agents fault Orsu LGA results, says it’s manufactured

The aggrieved party agents argued that there was no election was held in Orsu LGA and alleged that the results were “manufactured”.


RESULT: ORSU Local Government
Accredited voters: 19939

APC – 18,003
LP – 813
PDP – 624


04:29am : PDP/LP agents raise concerns over votes ‘allocated’ to APC; demand cancellation of results

Votes “allocated to APC” are different from what is on IREV, according to PDP agent, who also claims that the numbers announced at the collation center differ from those on the IREV portal.

He alleged that the APC has fewer votes on IREV than what has been read out by the collation officer.

Concerns with voter accreditation in several Nwangele LGA voting places were also voiced by the LP agent. The results provided at the collation center do not match what is on IREV, therefore he requested the returning officer to request the accreditation record on IREV.


RESULT: Owerri Municipal

Accredited voters 11,110

APC -5,324

LP -2,914
PDP -2,180

RESULT: Nwangele Local Government
Accredited voters: 33259

APC – 29282
LP – 895
PDP – 2132


Results from Oru West Local Government


RESULT: Obowo LGA, Imo state

Accredited voters: 22, 214

APC: 17,514

LP: 3,404

PDP: 711


RESULT: Owerri North LGA
Accredited voters: 18,398

APC: 8,536

LP: 4,386

PDP: 3,449


RESULT: Njaba LGA, Imo state

Accredited voters: 12,098

APC: 811

LP: 995

PDP: 2,404

Imo election: LP alleges irregularities, calls for cancellation of results

Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Saturday’s Imo governorship election, Sen. Athan Achonu, has called for a cancellation of results from some polling units over alleged irregularities.

Achonu made the call while speaking with newsmen in his hometown, Umulumo, in Ehime Mbano council area of Imo, on Saturday.

He said that agents of his party returned with disturbing reports of hijacking of ballot boxes and other electoral materials as well as vote buying.

He added that the LP had officially written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for requisite action and called for the cancellation of results emanating from the affected locations.


Imo Labour Party Chairman files petition against results

Collation of election results in Imo state was interrupted by the state chairman of the Labour party, Barrister Calistus Ihejiagwa, says party has a petition to present on the results the commission is about to collate.

The Returning Officer says his mandate is to preside over the collation exercise and petitions should be presented to the appropriate quarters.


INEC commences collation of results for Imo State election


INEC adjourns state collation of results in Bayelsa, Kogi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has adjourned the state collation of results for the Bayelsa governorship election.

The Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Faruk Adamu Kuta announced this late Saturday at the INEC Collation Centre in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

He said the collation will now take place by 10:00 am on Sunday. The election had been concluded in most parts of the state on Saturday evening.

Similarly, INEC has announced that the Collation of results in the Off Cycle Governorship Elections in Kogi State will commence at 10 am on Sunday.

The Commission announced the information at the Collation Centre of the state, in Lokoja.


More results

Location: PU 010 Agric Farm Centre, Idah, LGA, Kogi state

APC – 5

PDP – 0

SDP – 24

LP – 0

Open Space Ede Alabi, Aso Rock Hotel, Idah, LGA, Kogi state

APC – 16

PDP – 0

SDP – 24

LP – 0


Kogi Guber: APC’s Ododo wins Yahaya Bello’s polling unit

The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state, Usman Ododo, has won the polling unit of Yahaya Bello, the incumbent governor of the state. 

Ododo, according to the result at polling unit 11, Agassa, Okene LGA, Kogi, scored 840 votes while his close challengers — Murtala Ajaka, candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Dino Melaye of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) — did not have any vote. 

Ododo had also expressed satisfaction with the conduct of security operatives and commended them for ensuring that things were smooth and peaceful.


Guber polls: Clark urges INEC to investigate alleged irregularities

By John Alechenu, Abuja

Elder statesman Edwin Clark has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate reported cases of irregularities in Saturday’s governorship elections held in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi.

Clark made the call when a group, South-South Diamond Ladies paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

He said the discovery of completed result sheets with names of voters even before the first vote was cast was very unfortunate.

Clark, who is also the Leader of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) said for INEC to redeem its image from the fallout of the 2023 general elections, the commission must investigate alleged irregularities reported in the three states.


INEC suspends elections in 9 wards in Kogi

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has suspended elections in nine out of 10 Registration Areas or Wards in Ogori-Magongo Local Government Area of Kogi state.

Mohammed Kudu Haruna, a National Commissioner and Member of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee disclosed this in a statement issued Saturday night in Abuja.


Uzodinma wins polling units in Government House

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State won in the two polling units inside the Government House Owerri, on Saturday.

Uzodinma. who ran on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, is seeking reelection.

The Polling Unit at the front of Government House Chapel 2 Owerri Municipal, captured 38 votes on BVAS and was counted while votes that were cast manually were not counted.

The final result uploaded from that polling unit indicated that the APC had 35 votes, PDP had two and the Labour Party had just one vote.

While at the other polling unit in front of Government House Chapel 1 Owerri Municipal had only the votes captured by BVAS recorded in the final result sheet were uploaded and the governor carried the day


More results from Kogi

PU: Open Space, Okoro, Odokoro Ward, Ijumu LGA

APC – 206

PDP – 73

SDP – 5

ADC – 17

PU: 010, Wussa Uzhibu (Aguma) LGEA School Aguma, Bassa LGA

APC – 174

PDP – 18

SDP – 46

LP – 0

PU: 006, Gbamu LGEA School Gbamu, Bassa LGA

APC – 49

PDP – 24

SDP – 16

LP – 0

PU: 004, Odulo Open Space Odulo, Bassa LGA

APC – 59

PDP – 26

SDP – 16

LP – 0

Bayelsa results

PU: Boutibi Open Space, Brass Ward 1, Brass LGA

APC – 10

PDP – 64

NRM – 1

PU: Twon Community Kemmer Open Space, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA

APC – 43

PDP – 65

PU: General Hospital Open Space, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA

APC – 20

PDP – 49

PU: Customary Court Court Hall, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA

APC – 10

PDP – 19

PU: Dogiye Polo Open Space; Ward: Brass Ward II; LGA: Brass

APC – 12

PDP – 36

NRM – 1

Kiri Community Hall, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA

APC – 28

PDP – 77

PU: St. Barnabas Pri. School 1, Twon Ward, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA

APC – 19

PDP – 43

PU: Sunny Polo Open Space, Brass Ward II, Brass LGA

APC – 21

ADC – 1

PDP – 43

Abducted INEC official in Bayelsa regains freedom

By Emem Idio, Yenagoa

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, official, Supervisory Presiding Officer abducted on the eve of the governorship election has regained his freedom.

The Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, Bayelsa, Mr Wilfred Ifogah, made this known in a statement made available to newsman on Saturday.

Ifogah, who thanked those who showed concern and contributed towards the release of the INEC official, said the officer is doing fine.

Dino Melaye calls for cancellation of Kogi election

The governorship candidate of PDP, Dino Melaye, has demanded the cancellation of the elections in five local government areas of Kogi State.

According to Melaye, the affected local governments are Okene, Okehi, Ajaokuta, Adavi and Ogori/Mangogo.

He wrote on his X (Twitter) account: “INEC must cancel the election in the five local governments of Kogi-Central.  

“The elections in Okene, Okehi, Ajaoukuta, Adavi, and Ogori/Mangogo are scams coordinated from the highest level of INEC.”

Imo results

Mbaitoli-Ezinihitie Mbieri-Umuodu Community School in Mbaitoli LGA

LP -19​
APC – 21
PDP – 16
ADP – 2
AA – 1
Void – 2

Booth 17, Ukwugba, Umuodu Mbieri, Mbaitoli LGA

APC – 75

LP – 18

PDP – 20

Kogi results

PU 005 Ugwolawo/Town Hall, Ward 05, Ugwolawo, Ofu LGA, Kogi state.

APC – 29
SDP – 239
PDP – 01

Dino Melaye’s Polling Unit

APC – 22
PDP – 210
SDP – 1
PRP – 2
NRM – 1
ADP – 1
ADC – 7

PU: Open space, Iluafon quarters, RA: Aiyetoro 1, Ijumu LGA, Kogi
APC – 22
PDP – 210
SDP – 1
PRP – 2
NRM – 1
ADP – 1
ADC – 7

PU: Open space, Iluafon quarters, RA: Aiyetoro 1, Ijumu LGA, Kogi

PDP – 210
APC – 22
ADC – 7
PRP – 2
SDP – 1
NRM – 1
ADP – 1

PU 12 Crowther Memo/Sabin Gari, Lokoja LGA, Kogi
APC – 53
PDP – 22
SDP – 53

PU 025, Grade 1 Area Court, Ajaka Ward 07, Igalamela/Odolu LGA, Kogi state.

APC – 05
PDP – 0
SDP – 111

PU: 017, Fadama III Hall Ayede-Sheme, Bassa LGA, Kogi state

APC – 39

PDP – 51

SDP – 62

LP – 0

Open space beside Sa’ad Cut GRA, Lokoja LGA

APC – 44

PDP – 13

SDP – 33

Polling Unit 069, Crowder 2, Open Place in Ward 01, Lokoja LGA.

AA – 1
ADC – 3
APC – 38
PDP – 15
SDP – 23

Diri wins his polling unit

Governor Diri of Bayelsa State wins his Sampou/Kalama Ward, PU 004, Kolokuma/Opokuma LG, unit.

APC – 0

ADP – 1

PDP – 218

LP – 0

Results upload in Imo

INEC officials uploading results to IREV at Amakohia Primary School, Owerri North LGA.

By Emmanuel Iheaka

Below is the result pasted on the wall:

Dino Melaye wins polling unit

Dino Melaye, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kogi State has been declared the winner of his polling unit.

However, the polling unit recorded a low voter turnout. 252 voters were accredited out of the 819 that registered.

Melaye: 210

Ahmed Ododo (APC): 22

Leke Abejide (ADC): 7

The National Rescue Movement, People’s Redemption Party, African Democratic Party and Social Democratic Party got 1, 2, 1 and 1 votes, respectively.

Results before counting?

The result sheet of a polling unit was alleged to be in circulation before voting.

EFCC thwarts vote buying in Imo

At Eke Ama, Awaka Polling Units 001 and 002, Owerri North, vote buying continued unabated until an EFCC operative, who pretended to be a voter, alerted his colleagues.

They quickly stormed the area and arrested some people sharing money. Voting continued after the EFCC operatives left the scene.
Meanwhile, there was very low turnout of voters.


3:01 p.m. Imo: Thumb-printing ongoing in someone’s house, LP cries out

By Chinonso Alozie

The Imo State Labour Party, LP, Chairman, Calistus Ihejiagwa, has alleged that voting materials have been hijacked in four wards of Arondizuogu in Ideato North Council Area of Imo state.

He added that the hijacked materials and result sheets were being thumb-printed at a private residence.

He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to quickly intervene to stop the manipulation of the election process.


Video: Votes counting begins in Bayelsa

Voting has been concluded and counting of votes begun at Unit 9, Ward 10, Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa State.

APC, SDP bicker over death of Umar Hassan in Anyigba

By Boluwaji Obahopo

The All Progressive Congress, APC, and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, are trading words over the death of one Umar Hassan in Anyigba, Dekina council area of Kogi State.

While the APC accused SDP thugs of shooting Hassan dead, the SDP said Hassan was on his way to hijack a ballot box at a polling unit in Anyingba and was shot dead by the military.

APC, in a statement by Kingsley Fanwo, said: “People suspected to be SDP thugs gunned down Umar Hassan, 35, at his Agala Ogane Polling Unit, Anyigba.

“Fear gripped voters at the Polling Unit as SDP thugs were on the rampage, threatening to kill anyone who votes against the ‘Igala Agenda’.

“They kept chanting war songs that they would kill anyone who voted against the Igala Agenda. They targeted Hassan, being an APC member.

“What surprised me most was that the Military guys that had been targeting APC supporters for arrest and harassment were not on the ground to save Hassan’s life. It was so unfortunate.”

Fanwo condemned the attack and urged security agencies to fish out the killers immediately.

Gunmen snatch N1.5 million meant for vote buying in Imo

Gunmen, numbering over 10, snatched over N1.5 million being shared with voters at the four polling units within All Saints Anglican Cathedral.

While the shooting lasted, policemen attached to the area fled, INEC officials laid down, and voters, party agents, observers, and journalists took to their heels.


EFCC arrives Dino Melaye’s polling unit in Kogi

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrived the polling unit of Dino Melaye, the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Also, it is alleged that Dino is yet to cast his vote a few minutes before the end of the voting.


Video: Governor Diri of Bayelsa casts his vote


Owerri: Election materials diverted to police station — Eyewitnesses

By Chinonso Alozie

Eyewitnesses have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to intervene in a case of diversion of electoral materials at Okwelle 1 and 2 in Onuimo council of Imo state.

The voters alleged that the materials were diverted to Okwelle Police Station, warning that thumb printing and writing of results should not happen.


Members of the Abdullahi Ganduje-led APC National Working Committee (NWC) monitoring developments from the National Secretariat Situation Room for ongoing governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa states.


Politicians inducing voters in Kogi

By Boluwaji Obahopo

Political agents are sharing money to voters to induce them to vote for their candidates in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, in Saturday’s governorship election.

The agents stationed themselves about 500 metres away from polling units, from where they shared money to voters to lure them to vote for their candidates.

The amount given to a voter ranges from N3000 to N5000 depending on his personality or bargaining power.

A voter was expected to present his Permanent Voter Card (PVC) as a precondition to collecting the money.

To avoid security agencies, the team sharing the money usually disappeared after sharing to few people in a particular location only to convene in another location few minutes after.

Some of the beneficiaries said they weren’t selling their votes by collecting the money, as they had already made up their minds to vote for the candidates.


Off-cycle-election: They can’t stop my winning – PDP guber candidate

Anyawu not stepping down for Uzodimma - Imo PDP

By Chinonso Alozie

Owerri – The Imo state Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, on Saturday said nobody can stop his winning of the governorship election.

He stated this while fielding questions shortly after he voted at his polling unit 012 at Amaimo Central School in Ikeduru local council area in the state.

Anyanwu’s stand was that any issue of ballot snatching or violence would not count based on INEC’s instruction.

He mentioned that; “one Charles Amadi, was came to disturb. I do not care because they cannot stop my winning. I am sure our agents have made formal report about it.

“INEC, has said that any place that there is violence or snatching of election results that result will not count that is while i am not bordered.”


Bayelsa Guber election: Thugs hijack election materials

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa

Election materials for five units namely 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 have reportedly been hijacked by thugs from the ward headquarters located at Olugbobiri in Southern Ijaw LGA of the state.

The incident has left majority of the electorate in Olugbobiri disenfranchised with voters calling on INEC to cancel the votes in the area.

Confirming the incidents, angry voters told newsmen that “There’s also no voting in Olugbobiri. All materials have been hijacked.

1:15 pm:


1:02 pm: The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timipre Sylva, along with his wife, cast their ballots at Polling Unit 4, Dukuraku Central Open Space, Okpoama, Ward 4, Brass Local Government.


11:40 a m – Owerri- By Chinonso Alozie – The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Samuel Anyanwu, has voted at polling unit 012 at Amaimo Central School in Ikeduru council area of Imo state.


11:43 a.m Former Deputy Governor Bayelsa State Gboribiogha Jonah just cast his vote at ward 3 unit 15 at Ayama polo Nembe.


Imo State: Report from Government House polling units 001 And 002

The Presiding Officer, PO, of 001, Umelo Maryjane Nkechi, said they have 914 registered voters. According to her, they have adequate materials. There is adequate security on ground.

In Unit 002, Presiding Officer, Umunna Chioma, said they have a total of 521 registered voters. According to her they were supposed to start accreditation at 8.30am but arrangement of materials slightly delayed the operation. She noted they have adequate materials and no challenges so far.
Materials arrived the two poling boths arrived at 8:30am.

Voting started at about 9.20am in almost all the polling units visited in Awaka, Egbu and Emekuku, in owerri North local council area of Imo State.
At Amakpu polling unit 003 and 004, voting was yet to commence at 9.49am but INEC officials were ground.
The Pilgrimage Centre 010 was moved to another location within the community, as grass covered the supposed polling unit site.
At Ekeama polling unit 001 and 002, voting was going on simultaneously with accreditation.
Area visited were generally peaceful but witnessed gross low turnout of voters.


Massive turnout in Okene, central senatorial district of Kogi state


Kogi: INEC begins investigation of forged results sheet

Omeiza Ajayi

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Saturday said its top officials had launched an investigation into allegations that result sheets were forged in some polling units in Kogi state.

INEC disclosed this on its X handle minutes after pictures of the forged sheets emerged.

“Our attention has been drawn to a report that filled result sheets were discovered in some polling units in Kogi State.

“The Commission views this situation seriously.

“Our senior officials deployed to the State are currently investigating the incident(s). The Commission will communicate its decision earnestly”, the commission stated.


Labour Party candidate decries high incidence of vote buying in Bayelsa


Bayelsa: Suspected thugs invade polling units in Southern Ijaw, Sagbama, hijack materials

Armed thugs have reportedly invaded polling units in Sagbama local Government area with heavy gun shots and hijack of elections materials.

It was learned that at about 9 am at Agorogbene, unit 6, 7 and 8 in Ward 11 of the Local Government, voters and destroy election materials.

According to sources, attempts by the electorate to challenge the armed men were replied with heavy gun shots.


Diri lauds INEC improvement on Bayelsa poll

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over the improvement on its handling of the governorship election in the state.

Diri who spoke shortly after casting his vote at Ward 6 Unit 4 Kalaowei Owei in Sampou, Kolokuma-Opokuma LGA of the state expressed satisfaction with the seamlessness of the exercise.

The exercise, which witnessed a large turn out of voters in the community, was peaceful.

Addressing newsmen Diri said: “I think this is an improvement of all the other elections that I have participated. It’s very seamless, very fast and if it continue like this then I want to believe that INEC has improved on not only their facilities but also the training of their men that are handling the process…

“We are still putting our ears to the ground as to what is happening in other polling units

“But here (Sampou) I’m very satisfied with the process and the personnel that are handling the process.

‘in any case what we ask for is a free process where the BVAS should be use just as I have done here today. Accreditation should be by BVAS across the state.”


The Labour Party, LP, Governorship Candidate, Engr Udengs Eradiri, casts his vote at Unit 5, Agudama/Ekpetiama Ward 10, Yenagoa LGA at about 10:20am


10:27 a.m. Bello votes at his Agaza country home, Okene

By Boluwaji Obahopo, Lokoja

The Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yayaha Bello has arrived to cast his vote at his Agaza country home.

He arrived the poling unit11,Agaza at exactly 09. 15 accompanied by the first lady, Barrister Aminat Bello,Rashidat Bello and Hafisat Bello.

He told them to proceed to the women section of the queue while he queued at the men section to cast his vote at 09.28

Bello said all process so far has been seamless and commended INEC and security for doing a professional work.


We need to stop off-season elections, not best for Nigeria – Ex-President Jonathan


9:40 a.m. Imo: Voting begins at Obokwe booth 007, Ngurunwekwo Ward, Aboh Mbaise LGA. By Emmanuel Iheaka


9:25 a.m. Voting ongoing at PU 46, Ward 5, Epie II, Yenagoa LGA, Bayelsa State. By Emem idio


Breaking: Governor Diri votes

By Samuel Oyadongha

Below is the image of Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State casting his vote at Ward 6 Unit 4, Kalaowei Owei Sampou town in Kolokuma-Opokuma LGA.

Security checks

Security pereonnel at Sampou Junction off East-West Road, leading to Governor Douye Diri’s hometown in Kolokuma-Opokuma LGA


8:53 a.m. Imo: No INEC officials

By Emmanuel Iheaka

NEC officials yet to arrive Amakohia Primary School voting centre, Owerri North LGA.

However, security operatives, comprising a policeman and two NSCDC operatives, were at the centre.


8:47 a.m. Yenagoa: INEC personnel just arriving War 6 Epie, Unit 35 & 36, Ekeki Park, Yenagoa LGA. By Emem Idio


8:43 a.m. Kogi: Voting begins at Code 9 Polling Unit, Idanuwa Ward, Adavi LGA


8:37 a.m. Owerri: Electoral materials, INEC officials arrive booth 008 GRA, Owerri. By Chinonso Alozie


Yenagoa: One set before voting

A football game ongoing at Kpansia axis of Bayelsa State capital


8: 21 a.m. Okene: Heavy military presence at Itakpe Junction, Kogi

Bayelsa Imo Kogi election


7:53 a.m. Owerri: A convoy of security personnel in a show of force. By Chinonso Alozie


8:04 a.m. Yenagoa: Water vendor on lonely Tolda Street, Ekeki. By Samuel Oyadongha

Isacc Boro Expressway

Bayelsa Imo Kogi election


7:41 a.m. Yenagoa: Deserted Azikoro Road by Ekeki Park, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state. By Omeiza Ajayi


7:37 am Owerri: Wethedral Road empty. By Chinonso Alozie


7:28 a.m. Owerri: Police mount reinforced security in front of Imo State Government House. By Chinonso Alozie.


ICYMI: Other contestants…

These are some other contestants in the Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi elections:

*Uchenna Okere of Accord Party

*Jack Ogunewe of Action Alliance

*Ifeanyi Awulonu of African Action Congress

*Otumbadi Okoroma of African Democratic Congress

*Steve Nwoga of Action Democratic Party

*Anthony Ejiogu of All Progressives Grand Alliance

*Chibuike Edoziem of Allied Peoples Movement

*Obieze Achilike of Action Peoples Party

*Isaac Iwuanyanwu of Boot Party

*Ben Ofunzeh of New Nigeria Peoples Party

*Cole Okwara of National Rescue Movement

*Ishiodu Uchechukwu of People’s Redemption Party

*Bright Ekwebelem of Social Democratic Party

*Chino Opara of Young Progressives Party

*Andy Chibuike of the Zenith Labour Party.


Good morning to you and welcome to Vanguard, the dependable news source. Today is the off-cycle governorship election in three states — Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi.

After over one year of preparation, the stage is finally set.

We’ll, as usual, bring you live updates on the elections from across the states in exciting briefs, pictures and videos.

The candidates

In October 2022, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, released the timetable for the elections.

The tenure of Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State will end on January 14, 2024. Those of Yahaya Bello of Kogi and Senator Douye Diri of Bayelsa will end on January 26, 2024, and February 13, 2024, respectively.

The three governors are facing the political battles of their lives. While Diri and Uzodimma are fighting for re-election, Bello is battling to get his anointed candidate, Usman Ododo, elected.

Voters in these states will be making choices among 52 governorship candidates. Of these, 50 are males.

Furthermore, there are 45 deputy governorship candidates, while seven are females.

The voters


For Bayelsa State election, there are 1,056,862 registered voters. However, those with PVCs are 1,017,613. Uncollected PVCs are 39,249, while the number of parties contesting is 16.

There are two female governorship candidates and five female deputy governorship candidates.


In Imo State, below is how it is:

*Registered voters: 2,419,922
*Uncollected PVCs: 101,003

*Voters with PVCs: 2,318,919
*Number of parties contesting: 18
*Two female deputy governorship candidates running.


*Registered voters 1,932,654
*Uncollected PVCs 107,715

*Voters with PVCs 1,824,939
*Number of parties contesting 18
*Five female deputy governorship candidates

For this Bayelsa Imo Kogi election, stay with us for from-the-scene updates…