A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Yenogoa - Former governors Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and Timipre Sylva are among several candidates that have indicated interest to contest the Bayelsa State gubernatorial election due to take place in February, 2016, reports Punch.
Others who are gearing up for the contest are a former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, Timi Alaibe, a former Commissioner for Health, Frank Akpoebi; a Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Godknow Igali and the All Progressives Congress (APC) state Chairman, Tiwe Oruminighe.
Interestedly, all of them are planning to run under the platform of the APC since the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson, is likely to seek a second term under the Peoples Democratic Party.
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All the candidates have started political manoeuvring and consultations with stakeholders in the state.
Alamieyeseigha became the first civilian governor of the state in 1999 and was re-elected for a second term in 2003 but was impeached midway after he was accuses corruption and money laundering.
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