The ruling People’s Democratic Party, the PDP in Bayelsa state is in early lead in the Bayelsa West senatorial bye-election currently ongoing.
Bayelsa West and Central seats became vacant following the emergence of Senator Douye Diri and Senator Lawrence Ewhrujakpo as governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa respectively.
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP is fielding the immediate past former governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Henry Seriake Dickson while the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC in Bayelsa is fielding Peremobowei Ebebi, former speaker of Bayelsa state House of Assembly for the vacant Bayelsa West Senatorial district.
The collated results so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission shows, the people’s Democratic Party, PDP is in early lead.
The election according to our correspondent in Yenagoa witnessed high voters turn out as electorates trooped out enmass to exercise their franchise.
You would recall that the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State had disqualified Peremobowei Ebebi, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from contesting in the Bayelsa West Senatorial bye-election.
The presiding judge, Justice Jane Inyang, in a judgment on a case of forgery filed by Richman Samuel, upheld the plaintiff’s prayers and declared the APC candidate ineligible to contest.
The plaintiff contended that the academic credentials and voter’s card, which the defendant submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission for the bye-election, were forged documents.