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Here is the election details for Bayelsa and Kogi elections, both states are voting to determine who will govern the states for the next four years.

In Bayelsa, 45 candidates are in the governorship race, according to data from the Independent National Electoral Commission. Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party are believed to be the top contenders in the race.

The race is expected to produce a successor to Governor Seriake Dickson who is in the final months of his second term.

In Kogi, a tight race is expected, involving 24 candidates. It is a heated race with Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress seeking re-election, while the man he and his party ousted from power, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, is a leading candidate to stop him and claim the second term he missed out on four years ago.

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12:12 pm

Voting ends in Kogi LG

Some of the polling units in Kabba Bunu have concluded voting and awaiting the official closing time of 2.00 pm before the commencement of vote counting.

Aside from the incident in Ayetoro Gbede, The Nation can report that the election has been generally peaceful in most areas of Kogi West, especially in Kabba Bunu and Ijumu local government areas


Ballot paper with a 2015 date at Odu Market Square polling unit in Dekina LGA Kogi state

11: 40am

Jonathan, wife vote

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan and wife has voted at their Polling Unit 39, Ward 13, in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA) of Bayelsa.

He had earlier decried the late arrival of election materials in his unit.

11:32 am

Kogi youths attack Journalists

Youths of Ayetoro Gbede in Ijumu attacked a group of Journalists at Dino’s polling unit and broke the windscreen of the Sienna space bus they were travelling with.

The youths also made burn fire and blocked the roads with heavy stones and sticks.

At the time of this report, many of the youths were seen gathered in clusters discussing the development, while a team of policemen were seen heading to the town.

The Nation noticed that the box containing votes cast for the Senatorial election was broken and left behind while that of the governorship was taken away.

Senator Melaye could not be reached for his comment even though he was within the town.

11:28 am

SDP candidate, Natasha Akpoti votes at her Ihima, Okehi LG polling unit.

10: 50am

Smart Adeyemi prepares to vote

Smart Adeyemi, the APC Kogi west senatorial candidate, waiting in line to cast his vote at PU 002, Iyara ward, Ijumu LGA.

10: 40 am

Accreditation and voting going on smoothly at Gbeleko Unit 005, Egbeda Ward, Kabba/Bunu, Kogi West.

10: 30 am

Hoodlums attack Dino Melaye’s polling unit

Thugs have just attacked the polling unit where Dino Melaye voted.

The hoodlums broke one of the ballot boxes and carted away the other, shooting into the air.

10: 20 am

Fake policeman arrested in Kogi
A fake police officer has been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force at the Igala Unity Square area in Anyigba, Dekina local government area of Kogi State.The fake policemen, dressed in black T-shirt and black trousers with a black jacket with SARS inscribed on it was accosted by a team of actual Special Anti Robbery Squad officers who were on patrol in the area.

When accosted and upon inquiry, it was realised he was not a policeman as he claimed to be and was immediately arrested and taken away in the bus.

10:10 am

Kogi: Dino Melaye prepares to vote

Dino Melaye being accredited to cast his vote at The Apostolic Church polling unit, at Ayetoro Gbede, Ijumu LGA

10:00 am

Kogi polls: Large turnout of voters witnessed at Ward 01, Yagba West

A large turnout of voters is being witnessed at Ward 01, Polling Unit 003, Rest House One, Agbada, Yagba West, as the citizens trooped out to exercise their franchise in the governorship election in Kogi.

Accreditation of the voters has already begun at the ward and other polling centres in the township, and the process is going on smoothly.

A voter, Bayo Ajayi, described the exercise as “very peaceful at the moment, as there is no distraction from any where”.

9:45 am

Diri prepares to come out, vote

Senator Douye Diri
The governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State Sen. Douye Diri said he is waiting for signal that everything is ready before he makes a move.

9:36 am
Accreditation ongoing at Abujabare unit, Anyigba, Kogi state

Kogi poll: Accreditation commences at Ward A Lokoja peacefully
Accreditation at Ward A Polling Station, Growther/ Sabongari, Lokoja, was on at 8.35 a.m. when a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) visited the polling station.

Voters were seen checking their names on the register pasted on the walls of Growther Memorial College, Lokoja, while others lined up, orderly, to be accredited.

The exercise was peaceful and orderly.

Men and officers of the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Customs Service, among other security outfits kept vigil to ensure maintenance of law and order.

Musa Wada votes
Musa Wada

Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi has just voted.

According to him, the election has been peaceful so far.

09: 10 am
Voting yet to commence at Diri’s LGA
Senator Douye Diri
Senator Douye Diri
Raymond Mordi

Bayelsa: Voting is yet to commence at Sampou, Kolokuma LG the village of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Douye Diri.

The community is flooded and the electoral officials have been displaced.

They are still trying to set up.

Bello casts his vote

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Party (APC) and incumbent governor of Kogi State Yahaya Bello has voted.

He voted at his Agasa, Okene LG polling unit, along side his wife at exactly 8.50am.

Kogi: At Okoro Gbede Primary school, voting started at about 8.00am with the elderly taking the lead, while others line up patiently waiting for their turn.

Security at the unit was relaxed as the voters conducted themselves in a peaceful manner.

However, some of the agents who were not comfortable with the polling officers folding the ballot papers before handing it over to the people, complained about it

08:49 am

Kogi: Early accreditation/voting in Okene, as voters were seen in orderly queue in areas of Kuroko in Okehi LGA of Kogi Central.

08: 39 am
Voting begins in Kogi

Voting has commenced in Kogi state.

There are more women present at the Okebukun central market polling units

Voters turned out in large number at the Okebukun central market and the two polling units in the primary school in the town.

When The Nation got to the polling unit at about 8.02am, the polling agents and security men were already on ground.

The people were busy trying to identify their names on the list of registered voters pasted at the gate.

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