By Mbah Green Okem, Yenagoa
The senator representing Bayelsa Senatorial District and governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Douye Diri has emerged as the substantive flag bearer of the party for the forthcoming governorship election scheduled to hold on 16th November, 2019.
Senator Douye Diri polled 561 votes to beat his closest contender, Chief Ndutimi Alaibe who polled a total vote of 365 in the keenly contested primaries held at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Center in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Keniebi Okoko came third with a total vote of 142 followed by Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah who polled 62 votes, Konbowei Benson polled 24 votes, Fredrick Agbedi 18 votes, Architect Reuben Okoya 17 votes, NimibofaAyawei 7 votes and Joshua Macaiver polled 7 votes.
Kemela Okara, Godknows Igali, Etolor Robinson and Franklin Osaisai polled 4 votes respectively while Johnson Kiyaramo, Benson Agadaga, Talford Ongolo and Alagoa David each polled 3 votes. Emmanuel Paulker, Igiri Tobi also polled 2 votes respectively.
The returning officer of the party governorship primaries and Governor of Taraba State, Dr. Darius Ishaku announced that out of the 1253 total votes cast, 1237 votes were valid while 16 votes were invalid.