.Calls for immediate cancellation
By Jonathan Awanyai
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Delta State Chapter has described Satuday’s council polls across the 25 local governments in the state as a sham that cannot stand.
In a statement issued by the APC State Chairman, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, the Party accused the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) of conspiracy with the ruling PDP in the state to perpetuate a greedy and political dynasty that is already gasping for life.
“To let it stand would be that DSIEC has in connivance with the Peoples Democratic Party perpetuated a greedy and political dynasty that is already gasping for life.The election was conducted in substantial non-compliance with the provisions set out in the DSIEC Law 2017”, he stated.
The APC state chairman noted that sensitive election materials were not delivered as expected to most polling units where the actual elections were due to take place.
“When materials were even delivered, it was observed upon a close examination that the result sheets did not accompany the materials in most LGAs.
“Thirdly, where result sheets were even produced, they were in sharp contrast with the samples that were presented to our party officials during the DSIEC training exercise, and so were fake,” he said.
Erue said many Returning Officers were not at the Polling Units to conduct the election and also announce the outcome of the elections, adding that violence marred the elections in a large number of LGAs and Wards where election was due to take place.
While calling on DSIEC to cancel the elections across the state, he stressed a fresh election that will be transparent and peaceful should be organised in order to substantially comply with the extant DSIEC Law 2017.