The Delta State Local Government election held in the state on Saturday, 25 October, 2015 attracted miss reaction in the State.
The General outcome of the election however, witnessed a large turnout of voters.
In Ukwuani Local Government Area, the election process started as early as 7am, with materials going to polling units, this was confirmed by the high level of activity at the Delta State Independent Commission Office along the new Agbor/Sapele Road, Obinomba.
In every polling units visited by our monitoring team, from Morka Primary school Obiaruku, Ethiope Primary School, Obiaruku Grammer Primary school, Amai, Eziokpor, Ezhionu, Ebedei, Umutu. The large turnout of voters shows that the people were ready to decide their fate.
At Morka, primary school one of the leaders of the People Democratic Party, Chief Chinonye Dafe expressed joy at the turnout and the reports of availability of materials at the polling booths early, and she expressed the fact that the people of Ukwuani will vote, and there will be no violence, according to her, “when we fight, kill, it means we will are killing our own sons, daughters and cousins, we can’t do that” she concluded.
At Ethiope primary school, where Mrs. Esther Uduehi casted her vote, it was massive turnout, in her word “My party, the PDP, will win, and there will be no violence”.
At one of the polling units at ward 10 Obiaruku where the APC chairmanship candidate Mr. Vickson Aghanem voted he complained of absence of result sheet, but was happy at the turn of the voters. The election at Umukwata, witnessed a large turnout of the elderly and the young. The electoral officer at the unit in the primary school expressed satisfaction.
The member representing Ukwuani constituency at the state house of Assembly Hon. Alphonsus Ojo, described the election as victory for the people of Ukwuani.
How PDP Won the LGA Election
However, investigation by Ndokwa Reporters reviewed that proper election was conducted at Ukuwani Local Government Area, as a result of the expected threat to security if any fowl play is witnessed by the electorate.
To ensure victory for the ruling party, the Governor, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Udughan called the party hierarchy for a meeting with a matching order to mend their difference these saw, the commissioner of DESOPADEC sir, Kenny Okolugno carrying out a massive campaign and commissioning of projects in Obiaruku, Unuebu, Eziokpor, Umuaja late in the night.
The PDP Machinery was unleashed in the LGA to ensure victory, instead of coercing the people, they pleaded, this was the case in Ebedei ward 4, where a big government official went to the community and asked the people “please vote for the PDP for my sake and for more federal projects to come to the community”, the people heeded his plea.
While the PDP was scientifically thinking of how to improve their inter crack, the opposition, especially the APC was cracking, the big wigs in the party, abandoned the chairmanship candidate, Mr vickson Agbenenu, who had no money to execute the election.
According to one of the leaders in the L.G.A, “it was a shameful action, the young man was left alone, the rich in the party reffuse to fund the election, she concluded.
PDP win Ukuwani
The people Democratic Party PDP has emerged winner of the just concluded election in Ukuwani LGA
The result shows that out of total vote cast of 18, 435, the PDP, scored 10,904 votes. Other Parties are, APC 2,646, APGA, 684, LP, 2,112, PDM 144, SDP, 1846, UDP 22, UPN, and UPP 25 . There where votes for Accord Party 25, but no candidate, kp 18.
At the end of the collation the PDP candidate, Bar Benedicta ndudi Osakunih-Izugbue was declared the winner by the Returning Officer, Prof Akpoto A. Sunday of political science Department Delta State University, Abraka.
Also, the election saw the PDP winneing all the 16 councillorships seat in the council area,
Speaking to Ndokwa Reporters on Sunday, the candidate for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Chief Chris Ijibike said that the PDP, machinery was massive, to the extent that the leadership; of APGA and Polling Agents was compromised, he however said the election holding, was victory for Ukwuani people, because they showed the way they were determined to stop “result writing by some individuals,” he said.
Our correspondent in Ndokwa West reported no election in the L.G.A, as the materials were delayed according to a military officer at the vehicle for security reasons, but at about 1:30pm, all vehicles left on convoy facing one direction, this caused panic with some party agents becoming suspicious, and started jumping out of the moving vehicles. According to information, all the materials for Ndokwa West ended in Utagba Unor and Onitcha Ukwuani where they were thumb printed, and election result was announced.
Also, like in Ukwuani LGA, the big wigs in the opposition APC abandoned the party candidates to work alone.
The situation in Ndokwa East was more critical as no material was sent, though it was later confirmed that material came, but were not complete but no one could verified this fact.
APC calls for cancellation of Delta LG polls
ALL Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State, has called for the cancellation of Saturday’s council polls in the state, claiming it was marred by violence, and irregularities.
This came as Executive Director, Centre for the Vulnerable and Underprivileged, CENTREP, Delta State, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, described the polls as a charade.
APC, in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Issac Adagbo in Warri yesterday, accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of colluding with the police and other security agents alongside Delta State Independent Electoral Commission,DSIEC, to intimidate the people.
APC said: “The run of the elections was against the promises on honour and personal integrity of the DSIEC Chairman, Mr. Moses Ogbe, who was at one time, Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State. The PDP, fearing defeat, went on rampage with thugs, burning, maiming and killing. Over 36 cars were destroyed in Koko by the PDP army of violence. Many other properties were destroyed. In Isoko South and North, the violence unleashed saw many people hospitalized. The trail of sorrow, tears and bloodshed left behind by the PDP in the local government elections cannot be said to be in compliance with the law or in accord with the assurances given by the DSIEC Chairman that the mantra of one-man-one-vote would be upheld. APC therefore calls for the cancellation of the entire exercise at once.”
Corroborating the APC, Ikimi, in a statement, said: “The just concluded local government elections in Delta State were shambolic, to say the least, as the entire process was chaotic, disorganized and mismanaged. Elections did not hold in many polling units covered by our coordinators, particularly in Uvwie, Ndokwa East and Ndokwa West Local Government Areas. However, in polling units where a resemblance of an election took place, same began late and in most cases, it was chaotic. In Ovwian, Ovwor-Olomu, Orhuwhorun, Kolokolo areas to mention a few, the exercise was characterized with thuggery and violence. The entire process was not a credible exercise.
“The foregoing no doubt corroborates our numerous calls for the scrapping of all the 36 States Independent Electoral Commissions as they are truly not independent, hence we welcome the move by the National Assembly to amend the 1999 Constitution to pave way for the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct all future local government elections nationwide.”