An independent survey conducted ahead of the November 2023 Governorship election in Bayelsa State has predicted the incumbent Governor of the State, Senator Duoye Diri, as the likely winner of the election.
The survey conducted between the months of May and June 2023, showed that the majority of eligible voters in Bayelsa State are in support of a renewed tenure for, Senator Duoye Diri.
This fact was revealed through a survey conducted by CellHub, a Data Mining and Analysis Group, alongside a consortium of Data Analysts and a team of development experts.
The Survey carried out through an informal engagement of twenty eligible voters across all of the one hundred and five wards, of the state, showed a larger percentage of respondents, forty-eight per cent (48%) throwing their weight behind the reelection of Governor Diri, for a second term bid.
According to the figures derived from the survey, respondents, totalling about thirty-four per cent (34%) remain undecided on their choice of candidate, while eighteen per cent (18%) are throwing their weight behind the candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC, Chief Timipre Sylva, a former Governor of the State.
They stated that the proactive and frontal management of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Diri’s giant strides in the infrastructural sector, calmness, maturity, as well as his easy-going nature are part of the qualities which have continued to endear him to them.
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It added that based on the poll, Senator Diri is the “most dominant and widely accepted candidate,” followed by Chief Timipre Sylva of the APC.
“It is worthy of note, however, that the s34 per cent figure, which represents the largely undecided voters and indifferent could sway the outcome in favour of the governorship candidate who is able to harness their voting strength,” the group explained.
The survey covered all the One hundred and five wards in the eight Local Government Areas of the state with a total number of 2100 respondents, which will be reviewed fortnightly.