ADC chieftain Gbandi flays INEC over BVAS failure, applauds Nwoko victory at tribunal
Senate candidate for Delta North, African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mr Kenneth Gbandi has upbraided the independent national electoral commission (INEC) over its failure to utilise BVAS and transmit results in the last general elections.
In a statement, Gbandi noted that it beats his imagination that INEC, which branded BVAS as the game changer, failed woefully after contravening their own rules for live updates of results from polling units.
The ADC chieftain expressed satisfaction with the decision of Justice Catherine Ogunsanya over the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal in Asaba, Delta State, which on Thursday 7th Sep. affirmed Senator Ned Nwoko, a fellow contestant for Delta North senatorial election under the PDP, as the winner of the 2023 Delta North senatorial election.
He pledged to join hands with Senator Nwoko in ensuring the development of the Delta North senatorial district.
Said he: “I had the privilege of a robust conversation with him prior to the election about Anioma, Delta State, and Nigeria and I have no doubt he meant well for Delta North and Anioma Nation. I sincerely wish him well and I pledge to support him for the good of the Anioma people, Delta North, Delta State, and Nigeria.
“The people of Delta North have spoken and the court of competent jurisdiction has affirmed that. As good Democrats, I call on all to join hands with him to make Delta State and Nigeria a better place.
“To my many supporters, we crossed the seven seas, rode boats in floods, walked on foot in farm settlements, and talked with royal fathers & mothers, market women, pastors, union leaders, youth mobilizers, and school students in search of homeland development and a better Anioma.
“In the end, we were unable to convince the majority of Delta Northerns the need for a paradigm shift in Delta North for a different kind of representation and oversight of the institutions of Governance, advocacy for Resource Management, Tax Reform, Security Sector Reform, and Constitutional Reform for an equal, fair, just, and a strong united Federal Republic of Nigeria while making Ania destination for smart investment and youth capacity building.
“I took this road, not for petty partisan sentiments or material gain, but to add my voice to several millions of Nigerians who have been subjected needlessly to untold hardship. I thank my family and team for standing by me from the beginning of this journey, and the many Delta Northerns who shared these burdens and excitement with us.
“For Delta North, my burden is clear: We are too rich to be this poor and bereft of infrastructural development and social reform. I do not doubt in my mind that Anioma can be better than it is today.
” I join in wish expressed by Senstor, Prince Ned Nwoko, that It is time to face the reality of the moment. I welcome and rejoice in his promises to promote the best interests of the Anioma people and all residents of Delta North which he will pursued with unwavering commitment.”
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