2023: How Voters Down-play Godfathers, Favour Another
In the House of Assembly polls, the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, with no structure, and the required war chest to confront the ruling PDP, and the major opposition APC, secured two seats in the state House of Assembly in what political analysts termed as the will power of the people, while APC won four with PDP winning 17.
The people displayed their power in the Nembe constituency I, where the APGA candidate, Otiegbanyo Barah, dramatically truncated the return bid of Ebi Ben-Ololo of PDP, who was gunning for a third term.
The people of the constituency, Saturday Vanguard learned, were not to support Ben-Ololo’s third term ambition even before they conducted the party primary, but he had his way through the backings of the authorities in the ruling party.
This decision, however, turned out to be a costly mistake for the party as the people revolted by pitching their tent with the APGA candidate who won the poll.
Also, in Yenagoa constituency II, a hitherto PDP stronghold in the Central senatorial district, the people again showed their anger over the choice of the incumbent Mrs. Ebiuwou Koku-Obiyai, that ran for a third term by throwing their weight behind Waikumo Amakoromo of APGA, who they returned as the member-elect for their constituency.
Voters Down-play Godfathers
Mrs. Koku-Obiyai, a former Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, chairperson cut her teeth in the political landscape of the state with the support of former Governor Dickson and enjoyed two tenures, but the APGA candidate punctuated her third term attempt.
At the time of this report, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the result for the Southern Ijaw federal constituency inconclusive with a rerun date not fixed, while that of Ogbia constituency II is also pending.
2023: How voters down-play godfathers, favour another.