Politics Bayelsa Decides: How The Winner Will Emerge

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Many factors will determine who wins today’s Bayelsa State governorship election. The contest is between the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson who is flying the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) flag and former governor, Timipre Sylva, as candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), according to DailyTrust analysis.
Analysts say the contest is going to be a fight between the two political gladiators and by extension between President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC-led federal government and former president Goodluck Jonathan who is from Bayelsa State.
The state appears to be Jonathan’s only PDP surviving state and will do everything humanly possible not to concede it to APC. It is believed that a loss of the PDP in today’s election will be a very big slight on Jonathan of which he will use everything at his disposal to ensure PDP clinch the contest.
Thousands of Bayelsans drawn from the three senatorial districts of Bayelsa Central (Yenagoa, Southern Ijaw and Opukuma), Bayelsa West (Ekeremo and Sagbama) as well as Bayelsa East (Ogbia, Nembe and Brass) will decide today, between Sylva and Dickson, who will be their governor. Dickson hails from Sagbama while Sylva is from Nembe.
One of the factors that will determine who wins the election is personality influence and the impact of the two politicians to the grassroots. Pundits say today’s poll will be the first time a real election will be conducted in the state as previous governorship ticket in the state was issued from the government house. They add that the people of Bayelsa will have a say on who will become the governor as every vote will count.


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