I’m proud of my 14 votes – 35-year old Bayelsa governorship candidate
Ogege Kemelayefa, the candidate of the Action Peoples Party (APP) in the 11 November governorship election in Bayelsa State, has said she is PROUD of the 14 votes she scored in the election.
The total number of votes cast in the election was 300,072.
Ms Kemelayefa, a 35-year-old entrepreneur, was among the 16 candidates in the election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the incumbent Governor Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 175,196 votes, as the winner of the election.
Mr Diri’s closest challenger, Timipre Sylva, of the All Progressives Congress, came second with 110,108.
The APP candidate, Ms Kemelayefa, who sits second at the bottom of the INEC table, spoke with Premium Times last week about how she felt about the just concluded election.
“I’m not satisfied with the results. There were high rates of vote buying, rigging, and results manipulation. There were so many things wrong with the process but for my 14 votes, I am very proud of them.
“You know why? I never paid a dime for those votes, I didn’t give anybody a dime to vote for me. These 14 people trust my vision for Bayelsa State.
“And talking about disappointment, yes I am very disappointed at the ruling party for impoverishing the people to the extent that all the people have to do is survive. So they took that monies at the polling units because they have to survive. I’m disappointed at the ruling party that they don’t have the best interest of the people at heart and that for four years there was no development, power supply, industries, good road network given to the people,” she told Premium Times.