Senator Douye Diri, a senator representing Bayelsa Central, and one time House of Reps member, has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary in Bayelsa State.
Senator Douye Diri was announced the winner of the PDP Governorship primary conducted in Yenagoa on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
The Governor Seriaki Dickson backed Governorship candidate Senator Duoye Diri and his Restoration Team, an influential bloc within the PDP in the state, made sure he pulled the highest number of votes at the primary, scoring 561 votes, while his major rival in the primary, and former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and candidate of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Timi Alaibe, pulled 365 votes.
The deputy governor of Bayelsa, Gboribiogha Jonah, who was among the 21 governorship aspirants, scored 62 votes.
Senator Duoye Diri, before his election in 2019 as a senator, served as a member of the House of Representatives. He was also a commissioner for youth and sports in the state, when the former president, Mr Jonathan, was governor of Bayelsa State.
“Let me state clearly that I do not have any inordinate ambition. I was only motivated into joining the governorship race to build on the monumental achievements of Dickson.
“For me, it has been serving all my life; service to the Ijaw ethnic nationality; service to my state; service to humanity,” the senator said while declaring his interest for the governorship of the state.
“Please let me put this very clear; I don’t know of anybody called a kingmaker in the state. PDP in the state is one under the leadership of the governor,” he had said further.
Mr Alaibe, before the primary, alleged there were plots to undermine the electoral process.
“They have failed this time around because no degree of intrigues, no amount of manipulation and propaganda can push me out of this race. Nothing will change my decision to lift a lot of our people through purposeful leadership. I am here to stay and together we will win.
“While winning to us is not a do or die affair, the process of choosing the party flag bearer should be made unquestionably transparent such that in the end, the outcome would be acceptable to all so that we could stand as one to face the real opponent,” Mr Alaibe had said, while protesting the conduct of the PDP ward congress in the state last week.
The result also show that the Ex-President Jonathan has lost his political influnce even right in his State of Bayelsa where Governor Dickson seems to be running the show, and the result and the emergence of Diri is a clear example.