Ogboru faults Delta guber poll, to challenge outcome
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the March 9 governorship election in Delta, Chief Great Ogboru, yesterday described last weekend’s guber and house of assembly polls in the state as the worst in 20 years.
Consequently, he and his party are to challenge the outcome at the tribunal.
Addressing the media at his Abraka home in Ethiope East council area, Ogboru stated that the exercise was neither credible nor free and fair, alleging that thugs and uniformed persons were deployed to APC strongholds to snatch ballot boxes, disrupt voting and cause harm leading to the loss of several lives.
According to him, he is in possession of ample evidence to prove that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government in the state allegedly and connived with security agencies or uniform-wearing thugs to rig the exercise in its favour.
Ogboru argued that the number of votes cast in the state did not tally with the accredited voters in INEC’s database.
He said whereas only about 600,000 were accredited by the electoral umpire, over 1.1 million ballots were reportedly recorded.
The APC flag-bearer also claimed large-scale malpractice during the exercise. He therefore decided to challenge the declared results “in a proper arena.”
His words: As a matter of fact, most Deltans believe that were the election properly conducted, the APC should have won. And we believe that up until a few hours to the conclusion of the polls, we were winning. Unfortunately, just after mid-day, thugs and uniformed persons working in cohort with the PDP in Delta State started to reign terror on APC agents and voters.
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