The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State on Tuesday won the council elections in the 23 local governments of the state.
Declaring the results in Asaba, the state capital, Chairman of the Delta Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC, Mike Ogbodu, said elections in Ethiope East and Ughelli North local governments were postponed.
Ugbodu said the elections for two local governments will hold on Wednesday.
According to Ugbodu, 55 candidates contested for the chairmanship position, stating that the PDP won 425 councillorship seats, out of which 59 PDP councillors were returned unopposed.
While the All Progressives Congress, APC, won one councillorship seat in Ward 2 in Aniocha North Local Government.
APC calls for cancellation
Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta state, Jones Erue, in a statement alleged that election materials were not delivered in most of the polling units where elections were scheduled to hold.
Erue alleged that where the materials were delivered, they did not arrive in time, as most were hijacked and re-directed, adding that result sheets did not accompany the materials in most of the councils.
According to him, returning officers were not at polling units to conduct the elections or announce the result.
In his statement, “a DSIEC returning officer at Ozoro in Isoko North Local Government was arrested at a hotel annex in Ozoro facilitating illegal thumb-printing of votes. He was handed over to the police at Ozoro.”
“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 connivance between DSIEC and PDP officials or agents.
“Our party was prepared for peaceful elections. Unfortunately, the people were let down, but more importantly, DSIEC demonstrated to the world that it is not yet able to deliver such an onerous responsibility for conducting peaceful elections. We recall that PDP had been boastful that APC was not on ground.
“However, this election has proved that to be false. The bastardisation of this election that ought to be peaceful shows PDP is a dying party, and that they were amazed by the level of preparedness, organisation and mobilisation APC mustered across the state.
“There is no doubt that PDP is 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 Local Government, and not fewer than a dozen others were attacked with machetes and injured by PDP thugs, just as vehicles were damaged.
“We wish these gallant ones a quick recovery, just as we extend our deepest appreciation to them for standing up for what is right and just. We stand with them in their pains.
“It is disheartening that the people 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 PDP has inflicted on them over the years.” He said.