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BAYELSA GUBER: Gov Dickson’s preferred aspirant, Sen Diri wins PDP’s ticket

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Senator Douye Diri has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in Bayelsa State.

Diri, who represents Bayelsa central senatorial district and Governor Seriake Dickson’s preferred aspirant in the election was declared as the winner of the party primaries on Wednesday morning by the chairman of the party’s electoral committee for the state and governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishiaku.

Announcing the result, Ishiaku said that Diri polled a total vote of 561 to beat his closest rival, Timi Alaibe, who scored 365 votes and 19 others who participated in the exercise.

The Dickson-led restoration caucus in the state never hid their preference for Diri to be the next governor of the state. He was on Monday, before the Tuesday primaries, endorsed by stakeholders from eight local government areas of the state.

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Diri has won the 2019 senatorial election in Bayelsa central senatorial district. Before then, he had from 2015 to 2019 served as the House of Representatives member for Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma federal constituency.

That settled, Diri would on November 16, battle for the governorship seat of Bayelsa State with whoever emerges as All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate on Thursday, and candidates of other political parties.

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