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JUST IN: INEC declares Diri as winner of Bayelsa guber poll

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Duoye Diri, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been declared the winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa state.

Diri, who contested for the second term in office, won the poll after scoring 175, 196 votes, to defeat close challenger, Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 110, 108 votes.

Farouk Adamu, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returning officer in Bayelsa, announced the results of the election on Monday afternoon.

The off-cycle governorship election in Bayelsa was one of the three conducted by INEC on Saturday — the others were in Kogi and Imo states.

According to the results, Diri won in six of the LGAs in the state while Sylva won in two.

INEC on Sunday adjourned the collation of election results in Bayelsa state till 12 p.m. on Monday.

Results from two LGAs – Brass and southern Ijaw were yet to be collated at the time.

Announcing the development to party agents, election observers and journalists at the collation centre, Wilfred Ifogah, head of INEC voters’ registration in Bayelsa, said there were challenges in the collation of results of some polling units and wards of the two LGAs.

However, at the collation centre in Yenagoa on Monday, the APC agent refused to sign the result sheet and alleged fraud.

He said INEC at the collation centre cancelled over 80,000 of his party’s votes across the state.

The agent said his party had sent a petition to INEC to review the result.

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Appeal court affirms Douye Diri as Bayelsa governor

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The court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa state.

A three-member panel of the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate Timipre Sylva, for lacking in merit.

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Senator Monguno replaces Ndume as Senate Chief Whip

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The Senator representing Borno North, Sen. Mohammed Monguno (APC-Borno) has replaced Sen. Ali Ndume representing Borno South (APC-Borno) as the Chief Whip of the Senate.

This was contained in a letter by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje to the President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio.

The letter titled “Complaints Against the Unbecoming Utterances of Sen. Ali Ndume” was read by Akpabio during plenary on Wednesday.

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Ondo LP Governorship candidate, Dr Ayodele Olorunfemi promises ₦120k minimum wage if elected

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Dr Ayodele Olorunfemi, the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the November 16 election in Ondo State, says he will implement ₦120,000 minimum wage for workers if voted for.

Olorunfemi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, said that well-paid workers tended to be more productive than poorly paid ones.

“As at 2023 when we were campaigning, we assured our people that LP would be paying a minimum of ₦80,000 minimum wage in Ondo, that was before the economy got to where it is today.

“With the situation in the market now, looking at the cost of living, if this state is put under our control, we shall not pay anything less than ₦120,000 as minimum wage.

“That is the minimum we can pay and we believe we will be able to afford it,” he said.

The candidate said that the party would engage more workers in the state and motivate them to be productive to improve the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.

“The fact that I know is that what we have now can pay the minimum wage.

“We want our workers to be productive so that more wealth can come to the state,” he noted.

Olorunfemi said that if elected, his administration would rigorously pursue the construction of a dry port to stop the inflow of traffic into Lagos from the state and its environs.

“When we take over as LP, the first agenda is to make sure there is a port in Ondo State, to boost business and the economy.

“We are working with Alaba International Market Association in Lagos. We are going to work on how to have our own dry port to decongest Alaba International Market in Lagos.

“We are getting a dry port at Ore and a very big international market that will reduce traffic inflow to Lagos,” he stated.

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