Douye Diri, incumbent Bayelsa State governor, who is seeking re-election, has won the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area as the collation of results progresses in the state.

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) collation centre which resumed work at mid day Monday, went on a break around 1:00 pm, the state Returning Officer Prof Faruq Kuta resumed collation at about 2:20 pm in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital, Channels News reports.

Diri, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the poll, scored 24,685 votes in Southern Ijaw, beating his closest rival Timipre Sylva of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 18, 174 votes.

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The Labour Party (LP) came third with 119 votes out of the 50,153 accredited voters.

By the the latest results, Diri has won in six of the eight local government areas of Bayelsa State while Sylva got two. Sylva won Brass Local Government Area polling 18, 431 votes while PDP’s Diri got 12,602. The APC also won in Nembe LGA having scored 22,248 votes. Diri had 4,556 there.