KOGI/BAYELSA DECIDES: Live Updates, Results, Situation Reports


BREAKING: Kogi Decides: INEC official kidnapped at polling unit in Lokoja
A yet-to-be identified official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been kidnapped in SUBEB polling unit in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
The abduction happened after gunmen shot sporadically into the air while voting was going on, according to the Nation.
Voters scampered for safety before the gunmen went away with the official.
Meanwhile, voting has ended at Bishop Crowther LGEA Primary School Lokoja.
Sorting of votes and counting of ballots will commence by 2pm.
Kogi Decides: Police arrest five thugs allegedly working for Bello’s aide, Faleke – Dino Melaye claims
Dino Melaye, candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Kogi West Senatorial District election, on Saturday claimed that the Police have arrested five thugs allegedly of Governor Yahaya Bello’s aide, Sunday Faleke.
According to Melaye, the thugs have made confessional statements to the Police that Faleke sent them to disrupt election in his polling unit earlier today.
In a tweet on his official Twitter page on Saturday afternoon, Melaye wrote: “5 of the thugs who came to disrupt election in my unit have been arrested and have made confessional statements to the fact that Sunday Faleke aide of Yahaya Bello sent them.
“One of the cars used is also in police custody. Taofik isah was arrested and wrote a caution statement.”
Kogi Decides: Soldiers allowing APC agents to rig, chased people away – Natasha Akpoti alleges

The Social Democratic Party, SDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has accused soldiers of electoral malpractice.

Akpoti alleged that soldiers chased electorates away at the Kuroko 2 polling unit in Adavi Local Government Area of the state while allowing agents of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig freely.

She raised the alarm in a tweet, on Saturday.

Akpoti tweeted: “Happening now!!! Soldiers just arrived Kuroko 2, Adavi LGA chasing people away while allowing APC agents to rig freely.”

Kogi Decides: Bello arrested, beaten in polling unit – SDP candidate, Natasha Akpoti

The Social Democratic Party, SDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Natasha Akpoti, has decried maltreatment against the party’s agent in Kogi Central.

Akpoti alleged that SDP’s agent, Bello Muhammad Sadiq was arrested, beaten and chased away from a polling unit at Kuroko 2, Kogi Central.

She made the disclosure in a tweet on her official Twitter handle, on Saturday.

Akpoti tweeted: “SDP agents arrested & chased away from polling units in Kogi Central. Bello Muhammad Sadiq was last seen beaten up at Kuroko 2. His whereabout’s unknown. Nigeria Police Force.

“Nigeria Police attention to Obeiba. Gun shots as I’m about heading to polling unit to cast my vote. One injured.”

Kogi Decides: Yahaya Bello ‘God-sent’ – Edward Onoja

Edward Onoja, Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has said that Yahaya Bello is ‘God-sent.’

Onoja said this on Saturday after voting at unit 13, ward 3, Omonyoku-Odidoko, Ogugu-Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi.

The Deputy Governorship candidate said voters were eager to return Bello to office.

According to him, Kogi residents will return Bello as their Governor because they want him to consolidate on his achievements.

”You can see the enthusiasm of the voters who want to usher in a government that will continue to consolidate on its gains in service delivery.

”God brought a divine leader who in spite of coming from another senatorial district saw the need to meet the infrastructural gap in the Eastern district that has always produced the governor of the state.

”Because of this, our people who are people of gratitude appreciate that gesture and then made up their mind to repay good for good.

”I think today at the end of the day, we will all be happy,” Onoja said.

Kogi Guber: Thugs allegedly attack journalists in Ayaingba

Thugs suspected to belong to one of the political parties contesting in the Governorship and National Assembly elections in Kogi, have allegedly attacked Mr Sam Egwu of the Leadership newspaper and Mr Sunday Omachi of Radio Kogi.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident happened at Ayaingba.

Both journalists were on election duty when they were attacked by the hoodlums at Unity Roundabout, Ayaingba.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of police in the state, Mr Akeem Busari, said reinforcements had been sent to Ayaingba to bring the situation under control.

Busari, however, is yet to confirm arrests over the incident.

Kogi Decides: Tension in Gbeleko as Speaker allegedly chases PDP agents

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has raised the alarm over harassment of its agents as the governorship election kicks off.

PDP alleged that Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole allegedly chased away agents of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as they engaged in multiple voting.

The party called on security agents and INEC to arrest the situation immediately.

The opposition party disclosed this in a tweet on its official Twitter handle.

The tweet read: “There is tension in Gbeleko in Egbeda as the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly chased away PDP agents and engaged in multiple voting and ballot stuffing with APC thugs.

“INEC and Police should arrest the situation.”

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC had earlier raised the alarm over the hijacking of electoral materials in Bayelsa State as the governorship election kicks off.

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Yekini Nabena alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, hijacked electoral materials meant for Sagbama area of the state.

Kogi/Bayelsa Decide: INEC displays emergency lines as election begins

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has displayed help lines for voters to contact in case of any emergency in Bayelsa and Kogi States respectively.

INEC displayed the information on its official Twitter page.

The post reads: “In case of EMERGENCY, please call INEC on:

“Hotlines: 0700-2255-4632, 09050858629, 09050858675, 09050858649
08180958715, 08180958717, 08180958709
09025038466, 07086945927, 08120183063
07062896047, 08105119010, 08146697603.”

Voting stops at Ayewa Polling Unit 001 over bad card reader

Voting has been obstructed at the Ayewa 001 Polling Unit following a Card Reader problem.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had yesterday declared that under no circumstances will voting take place without the card reader.

INEC workers and voters are waiting patiently for a new directive from the electoral body.

Kogi Decides: Thugs allegedly hijack ballot box at Dino Melaye’s polling unit

A case of ballot box snatching has been reported in Kogi State.

Dino, Melaye, the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Kogi West Senatorial District on Saturday raised the alarm over alleged hijack of ballot box by suspected thugs in his polling unit.

The lawmaker accused one Sunday Faleke of leading the thug to hijack the election materials shortly after he left the polling unit.

He tweeted, “Shortly after I left my polling unit, one Sunday Faleke led thugs who shot sporadically and carted away the ballot box.”

Governor Yahaya Bello has cast his vote at his Upogoro-Odenku Ward in Okene Local Government at about 8:50 am.

Bello was accompanied by his wife, Amina , who also voted at the same polling unit.

There nine polling units in the area with registration Code 11.

The voting process stated earlier at a slow pace in parts of Lokoja due to the late arrival of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and election materials.

The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Engr. Musa Wada in Kogi State has cast his vote.

Wada was seen casting his vote at his polling unit on Saturday.

Speaking after voting, Wada applauded the INEC and security officials who faulted the attempt by some thugs allegedly sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disrupt the election.

He expressed confidence that he will emerge winner if the peace and orderly conduct of the polls is allowed to continue without any form of disruption.

Wada said: “The atmosphere is peaceful but some APC thugs tried to sabotage the process.

“I am happy the voting process has started and I believe I will emerge winner of this election

“If it continues this way I’ll say we would have a peaceful election but it’s too early to decide. It can all change because of those miscreants but I’ve warned the people and security agents to be vigilant.”

Accreditation at Ward A Polling Station, Growther/ Sabongari, Lokoja, was on at 8.35 a.m. when a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) visited the polling station.

Voters were seen checking their names on the register pasted on the walls of Growther Memorial College, Lokoja, while others lined up, orderly, to be accredited.

The exercise was peaceful and orderly.

Men and officers of the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Customs Service, among other security outfits kept vigil to ensure maintenance of law and order.

Electorates in Kogi State will today, Saturday, November 16, 2019, go to the polling units across the state, to choose the next governor who will pilot the affairs of the Confluence State for another four years.

The battle of who emerges governor of the state is clearly between the incumbent Governor, Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s Engr. Musa Wada.

There have also been records of violence with continued clashes between the two major political parties, PDP and APC heading to the Saturday’s polls.


Vote counting begins at Ward 2, PU 005 Toru-Orua community, Sagbama LGA.

Bayelsa Decides: What APC’s Lyon said after casting his vote
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon, has described the ongoing election in the state as peaceful.
He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the conduct so far, advising the people to remain peaceful throughout the exercise.
After casting his vote at Olugbobiri Ward 4, Unit 1, in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Lyon warned against disruption of the poll.
According to him, “Today’s process is very peaceful. I have seen what INEC has been doing all this while. It is going very peacefully and that’s why we are advising everyone to go peacefully and vote.
"Go with your card to your units, vote and leave the place, not to come and create problem, but guide your vote, that’s what we are telling everybody.”
He added that he was sure of victory.
Bayelsa Decides: Journalists escape death in boat mishap
A boat conveying journalists across flooded parts of Sampou community on Nun River in Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State capsized and threw the four occupants into the water.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the boat was carrying four journalists covering the governorship elections, including its correspondent.
The journalists were returning from the polling station when the incident happened and left the victims submerged but the timely intervention of sympathisers rescued the journalists whose mobile phones, cameras and recorders were drenched.
A stretch of about 200 metres along the road, leading to polling unit 4, Ward 6, where the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Douye Diri voted was flooded, compelling the journalists to resort to local canoes to cross.
The flood had delayed the setup of polling stations across the flooded community to about 10.16 a.m, two hours behind schedule.
The flood submerged many parts of Amasoma, Yenagoa and parts of Sagbama, a development that displaced polling stations.
Diri who voted at about 10.35 a.m. observed that the elections were peaceful in his area but regretted that he got reports of electoral fraud, violence in Nembe, Opolo and Enewari and other parts of the state.
Goodluck Jonathan voted, says ‘ I’m disappointed’
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, voted at unit 39, Ward 13 at the Otazi Playground, Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Jonathan, who was expected to cast his vote this morning, met only journalists on ground, when he arrived his polling unit about 8:30a.m.
However, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Jonathan voted at 11.30 a.m., while his wife voted at 11.35 a.m.
Speaking on the voting process, Jonathan said, “We must conduct ourselves if we want to real bring people to rule us either as president or governors.
“Nigerians are always blaming people in authorities and the leaders, so here they must blame themselves.
"Look at even this voting, I was around earlier, but the materials had yet to arrive in the polling unit.
“I have led election monitoring teams to other African countries, we use to go 30 minutes before the time and in our reports, we indicate the exact time when the vote starts.
“So, for election to start after that time it is an indictment to the electoral body that manages election, there is no reason here election should not start by 8:00 a.m.
"So, even the youth should stop blaming old people, you blame yourselves and do things properly.
“I am really disappointed on what I observe today compare to other African countries I monitor elections.”
Bayelsa Decides: APC collaborating with security agents to hijack voting materials – Dickson alleges
Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has voted at Polling Unit 005, Ward 2, Toru-Orua community, Sagbama Local Government Area of the State, alleging that the All Progressives Congress was working with security agents to hijack voting materials.
He said after voting, that security agencies had aided the APC to move voting materials meant for Nembe and Southern Ijaw local government areas to unknown destinations.
“There is a well-organised election crime ongoing in our state; they have established unofficial collation centres in some places.
"Their whole intention is to subvert the will of the people and jeopardise the efforts of well-meaning Bayelsa people to develop the state,’’ he said.
He, however, commended the people of Toru-Orua for their turn-out during the election, saying, “Your passion for positive change is commendable.’’
But some community people who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) expressed satisfaction at the level of calm and order in the conduct of the poll.
They said that the presence of security personnel in the community had reduced the tension among the voting public.
Chief Abite Alawei, a community leader said that he was confident that the process would be concluded without violence.
“We have not witnessed any breach of law and order in the community since the process began, our people have conducted themselves orderly.
"As you can see, voting is also ongoing, and the process is orderly, we pray it continues this way till the end,’’ he said.
Mr Amaye Soldier, a teacher, also told NAN that he was satisfied with the conduct of the polling officials in the unit.
“We are watching the process, so far, we are comfortable with the conduct of the election officials, they have shown fairness and purpose,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Gov. Dickson’s residence did not witness the usual beehive of activities that characterise a governor’s country home during elections.
Some local community people say the attention and loyalty of political followers had shifted to candidates of the major political parties contesting the election.
Bayelsa Decides : Materials hijacked, destroyed in Southern Ijaw, Ekeremor
There are reports that election materials have been allegedly hijacked and destroyed by unknown men suspected to be political thugs in some parts of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, while materials were said to have been destroyed by hoodlums at the RAC in Ekeremor Town.
According to reliable sources, the materials belonging to Koluama 1&2 communities in constituency 4 of SILGA were destroyed after several hours of arguments by agents of the two top political parties.
Though the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Hon. David Lyon, who is from Olugbobiri community in SILGA, voted peacefully in his ward, some of the voters were seen patiently waiting for commencement by officials of INEC.
Some communities are yet to see INEC officials or voting materials as at 12:30 pm. When newsmen visited some of the RAC, electoral official, Ad hoc staffs and security agents were seen scattered around.
Meanwhile in Ewoama ward 3, a member representing Brass constituency 2, Hon. Timi Omubo Agala, commended INEC for the early sorting and ddevelopment which led to early commencement of voting.
He said the early slow start of voting might be due to some of the voters coming in from neighbouring communities but as it progresses the turnout will be more.
Agala, said the area is the stronghold of the APC and there was no doubt for victory, adding that apart from the politics of party they are all brothers and will remain together even after the elections.
According to the former Special Adviser to Bayelsa state governor on talent development and gender, Hon. Helen Bob, said she was there to perform her civil responsibility because she understands the importance of leadership.
She commended the early turnout of voters to their polling units, and their peaceful disposition, adding that she believes the tempo will be maintained till the end of the exercise.
Bayelsa Decides: What PDP candidate, Senator Diri, said after voting
Senator Douye Diri, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) candidate for the Bayelsa governorship election, on Saturday, described the electoral process as “smooth and peaceful”.
Diri said this while speaking with newsmen shortly after casting his vote at Polling Unit 4, in Sampou, Kokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.
He said that observations and feedbacks from some members of the public indicated that the process had been smooth and peaceful in some areas “although we have received calls concerning anomalies in some parts of the state.
We urge the security agencies to be vigilant.”
He said that it was the duty of security agencies to apprehend anybody found to have engaged in acts capable of truncating the process.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a polling official, Joy Presa said that the delay in the arrival of voting materials was because of the flooding that occurred in the area.
NAN reports that eligible voters could only access the community through boats as the road leading to the community had been submerged.
Bayelsa Decides : Police, army, DSS, others tighten security at INEC headquarters

There is tight security at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bayelsa as the state governorship election commences.
NAN also reports that security operatives from the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Army and Fire Service were seen at the INEC office in Yenagoa.

Police and army personnel in their vehicles were also seen at strategic positions on the major road leading to the INEC state office on Swali road and within the city centre keeping a watchful eye on events on election day.

The security personnel were in position in order to provide security and ensure the public’s compliance with the vehicular movement restriction order issued.

NAN reports that as of 9:00 a.m., voting was yet to begin at the Fankuku Primary Health Centre polling unit 19 in Epie III Ward, Yenegoa Local Government Area.

NAN, however, observed that two buses conveying INEC ad hoc staff and voting materials were seen driving into the voting centre at 9.20 am.

As polling units 019, 017, and 018 were being set up, the Presiding Officer for polling unit 018, Miss Chioma Okoli, apologised to the registered voters for the delay, saying that it was due to transportation challenges.

Okoli said that only voters with Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) would be allowed to vote as the card readers would only recognise PVCs issued by INEC.

She urged the voters to fold their ballot papers and cast their ballot to avoid a situation where their votes would be voided.

Okoli assured that preferential treatment would be given to the elderly, nursing mothers, expectant mothers, and persons living with disabilities.

NAN also reports that voting was yet to commence at polling units 16, 015, 014, 013, and 012 at the same polling centre although voters were already waiting on the voting queues for accreditation and voting.

Bayelsa Decides: Early voting commences in Brass, Nembe LGAs [Photos]

Eligible voters in Brass, Nembe, and some parts of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State in the ongoing gubernatorial election were seen in the early hours of Saturday morning queuing up to cast their votes.

Most units were already flooded with voters as at 8:30am as accreditation and voting commenced simultaneously, in line with the stipulated time by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in many parts of Brass and Nembe Local Government Areas of the State.

According to an election observers field report, in some parts of Yenagoa, Ogbia, Ekeremor and Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Areas, accreditation and voting commenced a little behind schedule of about 9:00 am.

In Brass and Nembe LGAs, JNJGLOBALGIST.COM learnt that the atmosphere is calm and peaceful, with the presence of security personnel, as electorates crowded their various polling units to exercise their franchise in the ongoing guber polls.

At Ogbolomabiri, Nembe, INEC ad-hoc staff arrived the Registration Area Centers (RAC) centre at Nembe National Grammar School, about 7:00 am where materials were sorted and arranged for easy distribution to the various units.

In Ward1 Unit 1, Ward 2, Unit 1 and Ward 2, Unit 8 all in Ogbolomabiri, materials and INEC ad-hoc staff arrived about 7.45am to set up the Units as prospective voters waited patiently.

In unit 07( Town- hall/Town – hall), Okpoama ward 4, which is also the ward collation centre, with about 702 registered voters, though scanty, the voters were orderly because of the security agents at work.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has expressed disappointment over the late arrival of election materials to his Polling Unit 39, Ward 13, in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA) of Bayelsa.

Jonathan, who was expecting to cast his vote, stepped out of his house at 8:30 a.m., but met only journalists as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials were yet to arrive at the venue.

“Are you an electoral officer, where are they?” The former president asked a journalist at the venue.

“Well this is where I will vote, but since they are not here yet, let me go back inside.

“You see now, youths of nowadays, you need to do more,” he stated.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that at the time of filing this report at 10:30 a.m, no official has arrived at the polling unit with materials for the exercise.

Security personnel have mounted checkpoints in major junctions in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa, as the state votes to elect its governor, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Checks around the city showed heavy security presence at Imgbi, Opolo, Akenfa, Igbogene Okarki and gateway junctions.

Also heavily manned is the Tombia Roundabout, a location within the town that hosts major transport companies and motor parks.

NAN reports that although these junctions were barricaded, security agents on duty were not seen harassing road users.

Some residents who spoke to NAN said that the presence of security agents had rekindled hopes that voters would be safe to exercise their franchise.

One of them, Mr Henry Onari, a civil servant, commended the security personnel for their civility and peaceful conduct.

“I have not seen them harassing anybody, they are merely searching vehicles not marked for election duty, this is a good development,’’ Onari said.

Another resident,Mr Leader Ndutimi, described the security checks at the junctions as a step in the right direction.

“It is an election day, we don’t expect free movement, thoroughness is expected of the security agencies, and that is what we are seeing,’’ Ndutimi said.

Miss Nengi Tomprenbofa, a nurse, said the screening of vehicles and other road users by security agents was commendable.

“These checkpoints are in order, you can see that people are already beginning to regain confidence, I am happy with the situation,’’ Tomprenbofa said

Fear, security scare, as Bayelsans elect new governor

With few hours to the governorship election in Bayelsa State, fear, tension and anxiety have enveloped the state as residents are afraid of the unknown.

This is as a result of reports of violence and killings recorded in some parts of the state.

In Yenagoa, the state capital, reports show that some suspected political thugs dressed in military uniforms are allegedly distributing guns to young men for them to foment trouble during Saturday’s election.

Places such as Nembe, Azuzuma, and Ogbia are currently witnessing violent activities by political thugs who are allegedly attacking residents. Some of the community members have reportedly fled to the forest.

Other places where there is apprehension includes Opuama in Southern Ijaw local government area, where eight-speed boats filled with armed men were reportedly sighted floating, thereby preventing people from entering the town.

Military personnel have also been deployed to different parts of the state. Communities such as Peretorugbe in Ekeremor local government area were surrounded Friday night by heavy military presence as the Nigerian Army now conduct stop and search on everyone coming in and going out of the community, to prevent breakdown of law and order.

Electorates in Bayelsa State will on Saturday, go to the poll, to choose their next governor for the next four years.

The battle of who emerges governor of the State is clearly between Senator Douye Diri, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who has the backing of the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson and the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, David Lyon.

There have been records of violence and killings with continued clashes between the two leading political parties heading to the Saturday’s polls.

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