…calls for total cancellation
By Joseph Igbunu
The proposed rerun election slated for Tuesday 9, January, 2017 in Ughelli North and Ethiope East Local Government Areas will be boycotted by the All Progressives Congress, APC over alleged irregularities by the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, DSIEC.
In a statement signed bythe state chairman of the party, Prophet Jones Erhue, he described the purported rerun elction as a sabotage of the will of Delta people in the Okowa led government and DSIEC.
The statement, “For record purpose, we want to reitrate that the elections organized by the Okowa government and his hand-picked DSIEC was a fraud and we demand for the total cancellation of the election throughout the 25 local government areas in the state.
According to the statement, “The Okowa government rigged his own election by confiscating all sensitive materials including result and the resorted to rewriting the results and handling same to DSIEC to announce.
“APC Delta state is and always been prepared for the LGA election because the people are ready to throw out the corrupt PDP but we are demanding that Okowa and DSIEC to gurrantee a free and fair election in the rerun that will take place in the 25 LGAs of the state.”
“In the attempt by the APC to insist on all sensitive materials including result sheets be provided to allow a free and fairelection, the PDP resorted to violence that was witnessed throughout the 25 LGAs of the State. In summary no elections took place anywhere in Delta state.
“We demanded and still demand for a total cancellation of the sham elections in all the twenty-five LGAs in Delta State. To purportedly direct for a re-run in only two LGAs, Ughelli North and Ethiope East, is a subterfuge for the validation and authentication of the sham elections in the other twenty-three LGAs.
It further stated that “We condemn the grotesque and brazen sabotage of the will of the people of Delta State in the so-called election and we will therefore not participate in the elections in the two LGAs fixed for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we are prepared, willing, and ready to participate in any free and fair election in all the 25 LGAs as the people of Delta State are ready to throw out the corrupt PDP government from Delta State, starting with the LGA elections.”