Residents of Bayelsa and Kogi states are awaiting the outcomes of the elections to choose who will govern the states for the next four years.
In Bayelsa, 45 candidates are in the governorship race, according to data from the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are believed to be the top contenders in the race.
The race is expected to produce a successor to Governor Seriake Dickson who is in the final months of his second term.
In Kogi, a tight race is expected, involving 24 candidates.
It is a heated race with Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking re-election, while Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, the younger brother of the man Bello and his party ousted from power four years ago, is a leading candidate to stop the governor and reclaim the seat for the opposition party.
The build-up to the election has been dramatic and sometimes violent.
Just on Thursday, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Natasha Akpoti, was attacked outside the venue of a meeting between stakeholders and the Inspector General of the Police and the INEC Chairman.
An added dimension to today’s election in Kogi is the Senatorial election rerun in Kogi West which pits old foes Dino Melaye of the PDP and Smart Adeyemi of the APC against each other once again.
Melaye had ousted Adeyemi from the Senate as a member of the APC in 2015.
At the time, Adeyemi was a member of the PDP.
Both men later switched camps with Melaye being declared winner of the February 23, 2019 election in the district, a declaration the court later nullified and called for fresh elections.
Ahead of the elections, President Muhammadu Buhari called for fairness and transparency and the IGP promised to ensure peace so the people can vote.
Opposition party leaders, however, expressed fears about whether the votes would be peaceful and fair.
Channels TV reporters are on the ground to keep you updated about happenings in both states. Stay with us and keep refreshing this page for fresh updates.
5:26 PM: Officials prepare for the collation of election results at the INEC Headquarters in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
5:20 PM: Officials prepare for the collation of election results at the INEC Headquarters in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
3:30 PM: Soldiers parade Lokoja-Okene Expressway following violent attacks on some polling units in the Kogi State capital.
3:06 PM: Counting of votes is underway at Polling Unit 017 in Epie III in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
1:20 PM: Suspected thugs destroy electoral materials at Ward 8 in INEC’s Registration Area Centre (RAC) in Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa.
12:40 PM: Gunmen attack and disrupt voting at Iluafor Ward polling unit 002 in Kogi State.
12:10 PM: The APC candidate in Bayelsa, David Lyon, has just voted at Olugbobiri in Southern Ijaw LGA.
12:03 PM: Suspected thugs have disrupted the exercise at Ayetoro II Polling Unit 003 in Kogi West.
The polling unit is located very close to the NSCDC office in the area.
Source: Channels News