The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State yesterday won in 23 Local Government Areas of the State in the just concluded local government elections.
Chairman, Delta Independent Election Commission, (DSIEC), Mike Ogbodu who declared the results in Asaba-the Delta State Capital, said elections were postponed in two local government areas including Ughelli North and Ethiope East L.G.A’s.
He said elections into these local government areas will be conducted on Tuesday 9th 2018.
According to him 55 chairmanship candidates contested the local polls, while the party also won 425 councillorship seats.
Ogbodu said the All Progressive Congress (APC) won one councillorship seat in ward 2 in Aniocha North L.G.A.
He said 59 PDP councilors were returned unopposed across the State in the various electoral wards.
Ogbodu said elections did not hold in Otor-Owhe Community,Isoko North ,Ozoro following an injunction by a Delta State High Court .
Reacting, the Delta State All Progressive Congress (APC) condemned the local polls and called for a cancellation of the election.
The opposition party urged the local electoral body to organize a repeat election that will be transparent and peaceful.
APC Chairman, Mr. Jones Erue in a statement made available to The Nation said sensitive election materials were not delivered as expected to most of the polling units where the actual elections were due to take place;
According to him where materials were even delivered, they did not arrive on time as most were hijacked and re-directed along the way, adding that result sheets did not accompany the materials in most of the LGAs:
According to him, “a DSIEC Returning Officer at Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government Area was arrested at a Hotel Annex in Ozoro facilitating illegal thumb-printing of votes, and was handed over to the Nigeria Police at Ozoro.”
He said violence marred the elections in a large number of LGAs and Wards where election was due to take place; in fact, we gathered that the DSIEC Office at Ughelli was burnt down while election materials were not yet issued out.
His words, “We are not shocked by the outcome of the election because we had issued out a note of caution previously, warning about the potential for active connivance between DSIEC and PDP officials or agents.
Continuing, “Our party was very well prepared for peaceful elections. Unfortunately, the people were let down, but more importantly, DSIEC demonstrated to the whole world that it is not yet able to deliver such an onerous responsibility for conducting peaceful elections on behalf of the people. We recall that PDP had been boastful that APC was not on ground in the state; however this election has proven that to be completely false. The bastardization of this simple election that ought to be peaceful shows that PDP is now a dying party in the state, and that they were totally amazed by the level of preparedness, organization and mobilization that APC mustered across the entire state. There is no doubt that PDP is now experiencing a backlash from the masses given the overall poor performance by its Council Officials and the state government that oversees the Councils.
“In all of this, we are most saddened that during the process of this election, at least three of our members were shot in Ughelli South LGA, and not less than a dozen others were cut with machetes and injured by PDP thugs, just as numerous vehicles were damaged. We wish these gallant ones swift recovery in the weeks ahead, just as we extend our deepest appreciation to them for standing up for what is right and just. We stand with them in their pain and by God’s grace, timely recovery”.
“It is disheartening that the people of Delta State have been robbed once again of their constitutional and inalienable right to freely pick leaders of their choice. This is a crime against the people, and the day is nearer when PDP will have no choice but to beckon to the voices of the people who are tired of the poverty that PDP has inflicted upon them over the years”.