Countdown to Gubernatorial Elections: Final Campaigns Conclude with Optimism

As the eve of the off-season gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi approaches, a total of 52 candidates intensify their campaigns, expressing unwavering confidence in securing victory.

Bayelsa’s Electoral Landscape: Governor Douye Diri’s Bid for Re-election

In Bayelsa, the incumbent Governor Douye Diri, representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seeks re-election.

Facing formidable opposition from Chief Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Udengs Eradiri of the Labour Party (LP), among others, the political landscape is charged with anticipation.

Imo’s Battle for Leadership: Governor Hope Uzodimma’s Contest Amidst Challengers

Imo witnesses the contest between Governor Hope Uzodimma of the APC and challengers such as Senator Sam Anyanwu of the PDP and Senator Athan Achonu of the LP.

The state braces for a competitive electoral showdown as diverse candidates vie for the governorship position.

Kogi’s Unique Scenario: Governor Yahaya Bello’s Strategic Support for Anointed Candidate

In Kogi, Governor Yahaya Bello, not seeking re-election, strategically supports his anointed candidate, Usman Ododo.

The political landscape unfolds with 17 other contenders, including Senator Dino Melaye of the PDP, Leke Abejide of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), and Muritala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), showcasing a dynamic and diverse electoral field.

Optimism Amidst Challenges: Candidates Forge Ahead Despite Concerns

Despite concerns of voter apathy and insecurity, candidates express optimism during the final campaign functions held across the states.

The political aspirants maintain confidence in their chances of success, underscoring their commitment to the democratic process.

INEC’s Assurance and ICPC’s Vigilance: Preparations for Credible Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) affirms its readiness to conduct credible polls, while the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) steps up to monitor the elections.

The ICPC deploys operatives to all 56 local government areas and 649 wards, aiming to prevent electoral malpractices, including vote-buying.

Collaborative Efforts for Electoral Integrity: ICPC Operatives Partner with Security Agencies

Responding to INEC’s call, ICPC operatives collaborate with the Military, Police, Department of State Security (DSS), and other security agencies to ensure free and fair elections.

The focus is on preventing corruption and maintaining the integrity of the electoral processes.

Emphasis on Discipline and Integrity: ICPC Directives to Operatives

Alex Chukwura, Head of Special Duty Division (SDD) at ICPC, emphasizes adherence to guidelines, urging officers to uphold discipline, integrity, and teamwork.

Operatives are directed to take decisive actions against any perpetrators of corruption, irrespective of their social status in the electoral processes.

Voter Empowerment: Encouraging Civic Responsibilities

As election day approaches, voters in the three states are encouraged to fulfill their civic responsibilities while avoiding actions that could lead to electoral and related offences.

The call is for a collective commitment to a democratic and transparent electoral process.

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