… Two policemen die in boat mishap
The conduct of the bye-election into th West and Central Senatorial Districts of Bayelsa on Saturday was marred by case of vote buying and low turn out of voters in the state.
The election was however peaceful and conducted amidst praises and commendation for the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Police.
In Sagbama, the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Bayelsa West Senatorial bye election, Hon Seriake Dickson described voters’ turnout at Sagbama Ward 2 as impressive and commended voters and election officials for the peaceful conduct.
Seriake made the commendation on Saturday  after casting his vote at Sagbama Ward 2 unit 5, Toru-Orua, his country home.
He said: “from the available preliminary reports,  there’ is massive turnout, not only here, but in other polling units.
“I want to appreciate voters for the very impressive turnout and also thanked election officials for the peaceful conduct.
“I hope and expect that this level of conduct is sustained to the very end culminating in a return because every election is in stages up to the declaration.
“I also thank security agencies for their vigilance so far. Once again, I expect that level of professionalism is sustained through out the exercise.”
At Trofani, the Special Adviser to Governor on Political Matters and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, Chief Colins Cocodia and a  chieftain of the All Progressive Congress,  APC,  Chief Perekeme Kpodoh commended INEC and the voters for their peaceful conduct.
“The exercise has been peaceful and impressive I must commend INEC for their diligence,” they said.
At Sampou community in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area, the Bayelsa State Governor, Sen. Douye Diri expressed confidence in the ability of the two candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in today’s Bayelsa West and Central Bye-Elections to make an impact when they are voted into the Senate.
Sen. Diri,who spoke to news men shortly after voting at his polling unit 4, ward 6 in his Community, Sampou, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, described the PDP candidate and former Governor in the West Senatorial District, Chief Seriake  Dickson and that of the Central Senatorial District, Hon. Moses Cleopas, a former PDP state chairman as incomparable to any other party’s candidate in the bye- election.
According to him, the upper house of the National Assembly is not a place for jokers but people with integrity and understanding who would bring acumen to the Senate and make the state proud.
” Being a former member of the National Assembly, I know it takes a great pedigree to belong there. So I know that the Candidates of our great party, the PDP, are eminently qualified to be there”, the Governor said.
Diri commended the peaceful disposition of the bye-elections, while expressing optimism that his party’s candidates will emerge victorious at the conclusion of the exercise.
Three policemen drown in Southern Ijaw River.
The election however recorded the tragic death of Three yet to be identified personnel of the Nigeria Police Force on their way to Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa state on election duty.
It was gathered that the incident occurred on the eve of the Saturday Senatorial By-election holding across two districts in the state.
The deceased policemen, were said to be on their way to the place of assignment when the boat capsized
The spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, SP Asinim Butswat who confirmed the incident said the boat capsized on their way to Oporoma, Headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and said they were yet to ascertained the number of Police officers involved.