APC candidates Omo-Agege, Waive, others emerge in Delta, UPU commends victory
• PDP’s Oboro wants polls cancelled as Saraki greets winners in Kwara
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Delta Central Senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege winner.
It also declared Francis Ejiroghene Waive winner of Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu Federal Constituency with 41, 385 votes.
He defeated his closest rivals, Samuel Marierie of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent House of Representatives member, Solomon Awhinawhin of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to second and third places.
Declaring the result at the Ughelli collation centre, Dr. Igbinoba Eghosa, INEC Returning Officer for Delta Central Senatorial district, said Waive polled 41,385 votes to beat Marierie, who polled 35126 votes, while Awhinawhin scored 11,098 votes.
However, the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) has congratulated Omo-Agege on his re-election to the Senate. It also congratulated Waive, Efe Afe, member-elect, Sapele, Okpe, Uvwie Federal Constituency and Ben Ibakpa, member-elect, Ethiope Federal Constituency on their election to the National Assembly.
President General of UPU, Olorogun Moses Taiga, in his congratulatory message urged the winners to use their positions to bring more development to Urhobo land, adding UPU looked forward to forming a formidable partnership with them to fast track development of the Urhobo nation.Taiga used the opportunity to implore all Urhobo people who are dissatisfied with the outcome of the elections to follow due process, saying: “The electoral act clearly states actions they should take.
“The fragile peace that has been prevailing in Urhobo land since after the election should be maintained.” Taiga also congratulated Hon. Emma Oghene Egoh on his re-election to the House of Representatives to represent Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency in Lagos.
But in a swift reaction, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Delta Central Senatorial district, Evelyn Oboro, yesterday said the election was riddled with rigging and manipulation of results, and therefore, wants the election cancelled and a rerun ordered.
In a statement issued by her Director, Media and Publicity, Sunday Apah, she stated that the election was massively rigged in Ughelli North, Udu, Ethiope East, Ughelli South and Ethiope West Local Government Areas in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
Meanwhile, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that in spite of reported inadequacies in last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara State, he wishes candidates who emerged winners the best of luck. Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said while the election was generally peaceful, there are inadequacies like the card readers not used in over 70 per cent of the polling units, among others.