November 26, 2023

Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi Gov polls: Triumphant Diri, Ododo, Uzodimma unveil agenda

Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi Gov polls: Triumphant Diri, Ododo, Uzodimma unveil agenda

By Clifford Ndujihe, Dapo Akinrefon, Sam Oyadongha, Boluwaji Obahopo, Chinonso Alozie & Emem Idio

RE-ELCTED Governors Douye Diri of Bayelsa State; and Hope Uzodimma of Imo State; as well as Kogi State Governor-Elect, Alhaji Usman Ododo, yesterday, expressed joy over their victories in Saturday’s governorship polls in the three states and promised to turn the fortunes of the states around.null

While Diri promised to be governor for all Bayelsans irrespective of political affiliation, Ododo said he would work towards making Kogi the best state in Nigeria. On his part, Uzodimma said Imo people had spoken volumes through their massive votes for him and promised to fulfil his side of the bargain via delivery of democracy dividends.

Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, won the hotly contested governorship election in the state by beating his main challenger, Chief Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress, APC, with 65,088 votes.

Diri polled 175,196 votes compared to Sylva’s 110,108 votes. Mr Udengs Eradiri of the Labour Party, LP, scored 905 votes to place a distant third.

The victory elicited jubilation in the state as Diri promised to remain governor for all Bayelsans, who he urged “to celebrate with temperance, as this victory is not the exclusive preserve of any one political party. Rather, it is the collective will of a people united towards progress and a better future. 

Even those who cast their votes differently enriched our democratic practice by their participation and dissent. I reaffirm that I will continue to be the governor of all in Bayelsa State.”

Diri spoke as Kogi Governor-elect, Alhaji Usman Ododo, urged all Kogites to join forces with him to make Kogi the best state in Nigeria.

Indeed, some opposition parties that took part in the election congratulated Ododo on his victory and urged him.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Social Democratic Party, SDP, Candidate, Murtala Ajaka, who came second in the election, said he would not challenge Ododo’s victory in court becasue it is a waste of time.null

Also President Bola Tinubu commended Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Diri and Ododo on their victories, saying the outcome of the elections reflected the wishes of voters.