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Delta South Senate: Uduaghan asks INEC to cancel election results over massive election malpractices

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ALL Progressives Congress, APC, Delta South Senatorial candidate and former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has called for the cancellation of the district’s senatorial polls held last Saturday, saying it was massively rigged.

In a petition to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Delta State, by his lawyer, E. Otaru, he said there was massive election malpractices “perpetrated through voter intimidation, where voters were compelled to vote against their conscience by thugs, who were openly brandishing various dangerous weapons.”

Uduaghan’s petition to the state Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Commissioner came as the Collation Officer was still collating the senatorial results at Oleh in Isoko area of the state.

He provided videos of some persons being intimidated with woods by thugs allegedly at polling units 5, 6, 7, 8 in Ogbe Ijoh Ward One, Warri South West LGA, parts of Bomadi, four wards in Warri South-West and part of Warri North.

According to his lawyer, “Voting slips were hijacked and in some cases, destroyed, especially in polling units where it is perceived that the APC, head the upper level.

“It is pertinent to point out that these malpractices were made possible by the collaboration of INEC officials with these thugs identified as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, supporters.

“The areas where these malpractices were more brazen and massive include Burutu, Warri North, Warri South, Bomadi, Patani, Warri South-West , Isoko North and Isoko South Local Government Areas.

“It is obvious that the outcome and/or the results from the above listed local government areas, if nothing is done about them will reflect not reflect the will of people and their wish to freely elect the candidate of their choice.

“Based on the foregoing, we have our client’s instructions to call on you sir and appeal that the election in the aforementioned local government areas be cancelled,” his lawyer said.

– Vanguard

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Emeka Ihedioha wins Imo governorship election

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Former Deputy Speaker and governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha has been declared the winner of the keenly contested Imo State governorship election by the State Returning Officer, Prof. Francis Otunta.

Ihedioha polled a total number of 273404 to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Uche Nwosu.

The candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and All Progressives Congress (APC), Ifeanyi Araraume and Hope Uzodinma scored 114676 and 96458 votes respectively.

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Delta Elections: We’re optimistic that APC will win – Uduaghan

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Former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and APC Delta South Senatorial Candidate in the February 23 elections, says he cannot give verdict for the ongoing governorship and State Assembly elections in Delta State.

Uduaghan who spoke after casting his vote at Abigborodo, Warri North LGA, however expressed optimism that his party would carry the day at the end of voting and collation of vote cast.

Speaking, he said, “About two days, they (INEC officials) started sending out the materials to the various local government councils and by yesterday, the materials would have been at the RAC (Registration Area Centres) and Abigborodo is a centre.

“But I think my party in Warri North protested. Based on our security experience, if you take the materials a day before the voting to any of the riverine areas, it is a very risky business because people can go there at night and vandalise them. So, I think the party protested and INEC evaluated. So, it was this morning that they (INEC officials) left Koko but it was much earlier than the last time.

“I will not be surprised in the case of Sapele because you know that in the last exercise, there were some skirmishes and people died. So, I think the security is tighter in these elections because of what happened in the previous elections.

“The security agencies usually evaluate what is on ground based on information and, of course, intelligence report. So, maybe the security arrangement, this time, was because of previous experience, currently information and intelligence report, which I don’t know.

“We are optimistic. Let us get the results first; let me get the reports first because I don’t know what is happening in other areas. I don’t know whether people are behaving, misbehaving or there is a security challenge. So, it is difficult for me to just give a verdict.”.

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Oyo guber: Gov. Ajimobi loses polling unit to PDP

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Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Saturday lost his polling unit to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in today’s gubernatorial election.

He was accompanied to the poling unit close to his Oluyole residence, by his wife, Florence.

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