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Why we’re demanding cancellation of poll results, by Warri South APC  

Posted: Apr 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By John Dugbe  /Special Correspondent, Ughelli


The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Warri South is not happy with the outcome of the March 28 elections in the local government area.

The party is, therefore, demanding the cancellation of the election as well as the total redeployment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the Warri South Local Government area.

Three chieftains of the party Yemi Omawumi, who is the state Vice Chairman of APC Delta South, Prince Valentine Egbe, Chairman, APC Warri South, and ,Robinson Ariyo APC candidate for Warri South Constituency I, Delta State House of Assembly who made the call in separate interviews with newsmen in Warri after the March 28 elections, explained that the calls were made due to the alleged gross irregularities that charatcterised the just concluded elections.

First to speak was Omawumi who alleged that there were no result sheets in most polling units and that results were not collated and announced in all the polling units in Warri South contrary to the electoral laws.

He also said efforts to relate these alleged irregularities to INEC electoral officers in Warri South proved abortive as the telephone lines of the officers were switched off”

“It is our view that there was no election in all the wards in Warri South because the Electoral Act states that counting of ballot papers, collation and declaration of results must be at the polling units.”

Omawumi, who expressed fear that the alleged anomalies will replay themselves in this Saturday’s elections called on the INEC to cancel the March 28 elections in Warri South.

He, however,  appealed to members and supporters of the party not to take to violence or do anything that could breach the peace in Warri South.

On his part, Robinson Ariyo alleged that result sheets at polling units were fake and that the original result  sheets were filled up by PDP in undisclosed hotels.

He also alleged that PDP leaders in Warri South were in possession of ballot papers which they thumb printed and that thugs were used by the PDP to compel voters to vote in favour of PDP in Ubeji Ward.

Ariyo, who alleged that the electoral malpractices were done with the connivance of INEC officials in Warri South, called on INEC authority to redeploy all its staff in Warri South, as he described them as PDP members in INEC clothing.

Ariyo had earlier noted that Prof. Attahiru Jega, INEC Chairman, has good intention for Nigerians in conducting credible elections but lamented that INEC staff in Warri South have been making nonsense of the good intention of INEC since 1999.

He, therefore, called for a total transfer of INEC staff in Warri South.

Ariyo also noted that PDP members in Warri South are against the use of card readers because they want to revert to their old ways of rigging.

In his contribution, Prince Valentine Egbe, APC chairman, Warri South, who spoke in the same vein, alleged that the March 28 polls in Warri South were not free, fair and credible and therefore called for the cancellation in the interest of justice, as he claimed that old voter cards were used in some polling units in Warri South.

“Our agents were harassed  and chased away by PDP hired thugs in most polling units. Counting of ballot papers, collation and announcement of results were not done at the polling units. This is not a true reflection of a free, fair and credible election.”

Egbe, who disclosed that APC has petitioned the authority concerned on the alleged anomalies, vowed that the party will be better prepared in the April 11 elections in Warri South.

However, in a chat with newsmen, Edison Smith and Festus Ekeje, chieftains of the Labour Party and PDP in Warri South respectively at a polling unit in Enamejewa Street, Otovwodo (Agbassa) community, Warri, shortly after the March 28  elections, both described the elections in Warri South as very peaceful and commended residents for their large turnout for the exercise.

Ekeje (aka June 12) particularly commended INEC for the introduction of card readers into Nigeria electoral system as he described it as the best thing that has ever happen to Nigeria’s