The Senator representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial district at the National Assembly, Douye Diri has emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State for the Saturday, November 16 governorship election.
Senator Diri scored a total of 561 votes to win the governorship ticket of the PDP.
The Governor of Taraba State, who served as the Chairman of the
Bayelsa State PDP governorship primary committee, announced the emergence of Senator Diri at the end of the exercise.
The PDP governorship primary was held at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, the State capital.
The exercise, which started at about 11:30pm on Tuesday night, ended at exactly 5:00am Wednesday morning.
Senator Diri, with 561 votes, defeated 19 other aspirants to clinch the PDP governorship ticket ahead of the forthcoming November 16 governorship election in the state.
A total of twenty-one aspirants jostled for the PDP governorship ticket of the oil rich state of Bayelsa.
Earlier before the commencement of the exercise, one of the 21 aspirants, Talford Ongolo, stepped down from the race.
A former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr Ndutimi Alaibe, came second at the primaries, polling 365 votes.
Another aspirant, Keniebi Okoko came third in the primaries with 142 votes.
The exercise, which went on peacefully, was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Monday Tom Udoh, Department of State Services and Policemen among others.
The Chairman of the committee, Gov Ishaku, while announcing the result of the primaries, disclosed that a total of 1, 253 votes were cast, while total valid votes stood at 1,237 with 16 invalid votes recorded.
In the words of the Taraba State governor, “I, therefore, by the authority conferred on me as the chairman of this gubernatorial primary election which took place today (yesterday) in Yenagoa; announce that 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,” he said.