With precisely one month remaining until the Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi gubernatorial elections, scheduled for November 11, the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) has announced that a total of 5,409,438 registered voters will actively participate in the electoral process.
During a meeting in Abuja to assess the progress of preparations for these off-cycle governorship elections, the INEC revealed that 16 political parties have nominated candidates in Bayelsa State, 17 in Imo State, and all 18 parties are contesting the Kogi State governorship election.
Sam Olumekun, the National Commissioner and Chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee, shared the aforementioned information.
According to Olumekun, “For the forthcoming elections, Bayelsa State has 1,056,862 registered voters, Imo State has 2,419,922 registered voters, and Kogi State has 1,932,654 registered voters, resulting in a combined total of 5,409,438 registered voters across all three states.”
Earlier in June, INEC released the final list of candidates participating in the off-cycle elections. Notably, the incumbent governors of Imo and Bayelsa states, Governor Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were listed as candidates.
Additional candidates featured on the list include Timipre Sylva, former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and former Bayelsa State Governor, who is running as the APC candidate in Bayelsa. Meanwhile, Dino Melaye, a former Senator, is the governorship candidate representing the PDP in Kogi State. Additionally, Usman Ododo is the APC candidate, and Murtala Yakubu represents the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi.