The All Progressives Congress, APC is in early lead in Yenegoa, the state capital of Bayelsa in the governorship election in the state.
This is based on results declared at the polling units monitored by our reporter.
The APC also recorded massive lead in Nembe ward 3, unit 2, with its governorship candidate, David Lyon polling 1,000 votes against the 22 votes recorded by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Douye Diri.
Atissa ward 1, unit 9, Yenagoa LGA PDP – 77 APC – 94 Ikibiri unit 2, Yenagoa LGA PDP – 51 APC – 108 Agudama-Epie, ward 4, unit 12, Yenagoa LGS PDP- 24 APC – 368 Agudama-Epie unit 9, Yenagoa LGA PDP -54 APC – 789 Igbogene-Epie, unit 4, Yenagoa PDP – 74 APC – 649 Azikoro unit 3, Yenagoa LGA PDP- 189 APC- 244 Azikoro unit 4, Yenagoa LGA PDP- 120 APC – 169 Azikoro unit 5, Yenagoa PDP- 134 APC- 204 Ikibiri, unit 1, Yenagoa PDP- 64 APC- 256
In Bayelsa, though 45 political parties are fielding candidates for the election, the contest seems to be practically between the PDP and APC.
While the candidate of the PDP, Senator Douye Diri, is believed to have adequate experience to govern the state, having served as the commissioner, House of Representatives member and presently a senator, his main challenger, the APC candidate, David Lyon, is banking on his philanthropic gestures over the years which have endeared him to the people.
Lyon, the oil surveillance contractor for multinational companies working in the state, has used the contract to empower many people in the state through provision of jobs and empowerment of youths, women and other people, attracting enormous support and admiration across the state.