All is now set for the Bayelsa State governship election today.
Bayelsans were all fired up yesterday for today’s governorship election after a Federal High Court,Abuja, gave the go ahead for the poll.
Media reports had suggested that the court summoned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in respect of the poll.
The report seemed to have dampened the enthusiasm of the people many of whom openly expressed shock.
But once news filtered into Yenagoa,the state capital, yesterday that the election would proceed as scheduled, excitement returned among the electorate.
President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to vote in his Otuoke hometown in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
Sources at Otuoke told The Nation on Saturday that they were ready,as always , to welcome their son.
Many residents of Yenagoa were seen travelling to their hometowns to exercise their franchise.
Traffic on Yenagoa’s roads was also quite heavy yesterday, as election observers, security personnel and INEC officials began to move to their different duty stations.
All the hotels in the town are fully booked for this weekend.
About 15,000 security personnel are expected to be deployed for the election.
Bayelsa’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Edwin Nwatarali; Commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe; state Director of SSS, Andrew Iorkyar and the Spokesman of the JTF, Timothy Antigha, pledged that the election would be free, fair, credible.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre on Azikoro Road, Yenagoa, is the INEC’s collation centre, with the Outside Broadcast (OB) vans of the Africa Independent Television (AIT) and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on standby to beam it live.
A Bayelsan, Preye Anthony, who was met at the newsstand in front of the NUJ press centre, Yenagoa, said he was happy that the election would be held today as planned.
A native of Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, who simply gave her name as Mrs. Nengi, was seen at Ekeki Park in Yenagoa at 12:30 pm, as she was about boarding a vehicle to Bomadi waterfront in neighbouring Delta State, with members of her family, to join a boat to Ekeremor. She hailed the position of the Federal High Court on the election.