Pandemonium broke out on Monday afternoon at the Bayelsa State collation centre for the November 11, 2023 governorship election in Yenagoa, the state capital, when two party agents engaged in a scuffle over results collated from the Brass Local Government Area (LGA).
The party agents identified as members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Accord started the free-for-all before the state Returning Officer, Prof Faruq Kuta, electoral officials, security agents and observers. Security agents had a tough time dousing the brawl as the two aggrieved men rushed out of the collation building to continue their fight outside.
Kuta subsequently adjourned collation. So far, results from seven of the eight LGAs have been announced with the incumbent, Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the lead having won five local governments while APC’s Timipre Sylva got two.
The PDP candidate is leading his APC counterpart with over 55,000 votes but results from the last LGA, Southern Ijaw, might be a game-changer.