Emerhor calls for discipline in INEC

O'Tega Emerhor.The Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the concluded Delta Central Senatorial election, Mr O’tega Emerhor, has called on the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to exercise full control on its ad-hoc staff to ensure transparency in the electoral process.

Speaking on Sunday on a Channels Television Programme, ‘Politics Today,’ Mr Emerhor insisted that there were irregularities in the election won by the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Emmanuel Aguariavwodo.

” October 12 election was unbelievable. I have released a statement and the same has been adopted by my party in respect of what transpired as captured by our agents,” he said.

“There was military shut down. This prevented people from being able to cast their votes as they should.”

He stated that INEC had out-sourced its role to ad-hoc staff it cannot control and that it had resulted in indiscipline.

“We need an INEC that has integrity. They should use their own staff to organise elections to ensure that the process is not hijacked. If they are using ad-hoc staff, they should discipline them. Until they position themselves to be truthful and follow the right process in conducting an election, there will not be a credible election,” he emphasised.

He stressed that the security agents role during an election should be to provide a level playing ground.

” It is their responsibility and they cannot be compelled to do otherwise. INEC should determine if the security agents provide a level playing field as supposed, the APC candidate said.

Addressing reporters after the Senatorial election, the governor of the State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of the PDP pointed out that there were no reports of violence during the election. He said that the securities were only concerned with providing security during the election.

INEC says the election was free and fair but Mr Emerhor also insisted that INEC was only interested in its image and not on the credibility of the election.

The APC has also hinted of its readiness to contend the result of the election.


DPP Senatorial Candidate, Dafinone Heads To Election Tribunal

The last appears not to have been heard of the National Assembly poll in Delta Central as the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) has vowed to contest the outcome of the poll at the Election Petition Tribunal.

The DPP senatorial candidate for Delta Central, Chief Ede Dafinone is contesting the victory of Mr. Emmanuel Aguariavwodo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Delta Central senatorial district.

In a statement issued on Thursday in Sapele, the DPP senatorial candidate described the April 12 bye- election as political denial perpetrated against Urhobo, the 5th largest ethnic group in Nigeria.

“There is little recognition of Urhobo at the federal and state levels in terms of appointments and positions. Similarly, the interference in the last election where the candidate foisted on the PDP in Delta State is again foisted and this time forcefully on the people of Delta Central”.

The DPP candidate who is not pleased with the result of the election where PDP was declared winner, flayed the exercise which he alleged was not free and fair and was enmeshed in violence and intimidation of voters.

He condemned the reckless desperation, the sheer treachery and lawlessness of leaders of the PDP in the state. He also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of overturning the rule of fairness and allocating victory to the PDP.

“We reject this outright robbery of the people’s will. We condemn this grievous injustice, this unconscionable mockery of all that is decent, of all that is fair and just. The army and INEC, both Federal Government institutions worked with the PDP’s candidate to ensure his victory. The PDP used the army to unleash terror on the people of Delta Central. For hours, gun shots rent the air and the people were clobbered. Also, the announced result shows PDP in first place. As if that is not bad enough, the result shows All Progressives Congress (APC) in second place with DPP the Populist Party in the third place. All that combine to make the whole result laughable” the statement said.

The statement said the party’s legal team had been told to head to the poll tribunal.

“As law abiding citizens, we intend to explore all legal means to ensure this sham of an election is cancelled. We shall be proceeding to the election petition tribunal to present our case” the statement added.

PDP Scores 263,024 Votes To Win Delta Central Senatorial Bye-Election

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Delta Central Senatorial bye-election, Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, has been declared winner of the election.

According to the INEC returning officer, Professor Arubayi Blacky John, the PDP polled 263,024 votes while APC came second with 29,075 followed by the DPP with 29,055 votes.

The Labour Party scored1602 votes while the ACD scored 452 votes while APGA had 326 votes.

Meanwhile the APC has accused the PDP of using security agents to intimidate voters.

The opposition alleged that the PDP prevented voting materials from reaching polling units in opposition strongholds during the election yesterday.

A statement issued by the APC interim National Publicity Secretary, said reports from its agents on the field indicated that armed soldiers and policemen were deployed strategically to intimidate voters, while trailers and tankers were used to block the roads leading to the opposition strongholds, thereby preventing voting materials from reaching there.

According to the APC, the worst-hit areas were Ughelli-North; Udu and Uvwie Local Governments.The opposition party adds that several Hilux vehicles loaded with armed soldiers were sent to Okpe local government ward 8 collation centre since Friday night.

Earlier on yesterday, party agents had complained about logistic problems bedeviling the exercise.

The bye elections took place in eight local government areas of Delta state.

The poll became necessary after the death of Senator Pius Ewherido on June 30, 2013.  The Late Senator Ewherido won the seat in 2011 on the platform of the Democratic People Party, DPP, which fielded Ede Dafinone as its candidate in yesterday’s poll.