Olorogun O'tega Emerhor, Delta APC leader and former governorship candidate has called for the outright cancellation of the Delta state local government election which was held today(6/1/2018) alleging massive fraud and the non-distribution of sensitive materials particularly results sheets The APC leaders who spoke to journalists and supporters in his country home Evwreni - Ughelli expressed similar statements made by the APC chairman in Ughelli north, Olorogun Felix Ekure and the APC chairmanship candidate in Uvwie, Engr. Uforma Okenini who gave details of the alleged fraudulent activities of the PDP members and DSIEC officials. The APC statement said, "while we were skeptical about the corrupt and inept PDP government ever conducting an election that will have a semblance of fairness, the APC in Delta State and Ughelli North in particular decided to prepare for and participate in the election. We launched our campaigns and mobilized our teeming supporters towards the election. We campaigned throughout the nooks and crannies of the entire LGA and our supporters were fully mobilized and ready for the election. We were determined to send a clear signal to the PDP that they have no place in Ughelli North. We were informed that election materials were brought to the DSIEC office in Ughelli yesterday and we mobilized our supporters to the venue to ensure that the materials were protected and distributed to the various wards this morning. At the point of distribution, we insisted on seeing the result sheets and other sensitive materials but the DSIEC official claimed that he forgot the original result sheets in Asaba. We insisted that he must bring the result sheets before the distribution of materials. At that point, PDP thugs started shooting guns and our boys scampered for safety. The PDP thugs then set the DSIEC office ablaze in order to cover up their atrocities. We want to state clearly for everyone to hear that no elections took place in Ughelli North and we will not accept any results announced by the corrupt Okowa government and its DSIEC. We also want to state very clearly that anybody that Okowa purports to swear in as chairman or councilor in Ughelli North will not be accepted by the people of Ughelli North. We, the people of Ughelli North LGA reserve the right to civil disobedience to actualize our right to choose our leaders. We urge Okowa and his DSIEC to not take any actions that will precipitate unnecessary crisis in Ughelli North LGA. The APC chairmanship candidate in Uvwie, Engr. Uforma Okenini gave details of how APC supporters, voters were intimidated and beaten up in the local government area before and during today voting exercise, expressing sadness that the PDP has turn election into a do or die affairs. Meanwhile, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the local government council election. Governor Okowa who spoke at Ward 3, Owa-Alero, Ika North-East local government area of Delta State shortly after casting his vote at Polling Unit 3, asserted, “I am satisfied with the process.” “DSIEC (Delta State Independent Electoral Commission) has given assurance that the election will be credible, free and fair and so far, you can see that people have come out to cast their votes,” the Governor said, observing that the electoral process adopted by DSIEC which entails simultaneous accreditation and voting process reduced the crowding of polling boots. According to him, “the voting pattern adopted by DSIEC is such that once you are accredited, you cast your vote and you go for your business unlike in the past when accreditation commences at 8 am and end at 12 noon before voting will commence; with this process, accreditation and voting continues from 8 am to 3 pm and you are expected to leave the voting centre immediately after casting your votes.” On the situation report generally across the state, the Governor disclosed that at Ndokwa East local government area, soldiers stopped electoral officers from moving materials, a situation which he said, was addressed, adding that at Ughelli North, suspected members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) were said to have set DSIEC office ablaze “It is unfortunate that some persons were not ready for the elections and they resorted to violence, I personally led the campaign of the PDP round the 25 local government areas of the state, even to areas I did not visit when I was campaigning for the governorship position and after that, the campaign from Ward to Ward, house to house continued while other political parties were not involved in any campaign,” he stated, reiterating, “I can assure you that generally, from information available to me, the state is calm and voting is in progress in the state.” Those who spoke at the places visited expressed confidence in the electoral process, sayng DSIEC was prepared for the election. At about 11.45 am, voters were seen exercise their rights at Ward 9, Akumazi, with those who spoke to the press saying, materials arrived early and there was no crisis as the election was peaceful while two suspected members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) were arrested with guns at Igbodo, Ika North-East local government area of the state. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairmanship candidate for Warri South local government area, Hon. Michael Tidi voted at 10.15 am at Ward 17, Unit 14, Idimi-Jakpa quarters, Okere and expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the election the DSIEC, stating, “this is one of the best organised election by the DSIEC, it is transparent, and people are happy to come out and vote without fear, with confidence that their votes will count.”The Commandant of the Delta State Nigeria Security and Civil Corps, Ego Sam who was seen monitoring the exercise, said, all measures were taken in collaboration with other security agencies to ensure a hitch-free election in the state. She observed that the election was peaceful without security threat.
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