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Ogboru rejects Delta gov poll result

Posted: Apr 18, 2015 at 9:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Delta State, Great Ogboru, has rejected the declaration of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect.

Rejecting the election result, Ogboru said, “The rigging is too senseless to ignore.”

Ogboru, who spoke during a press conference at his Abraka residence on Thursday, said he and his party would head for the election tribunal to seek the upturn of the results as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He also said the party’s House of Assembly candidates would go to the tribunal to contest their losses.

INEC had declared Okowa, the candidate of PDP as winner of the election, while he beat Ogboru to a distant second place.

According to Ogboru: “Okowa did not score majority of lawful votes cast in the election and did not also meet the relevant constitutional provisions.

“It is our firm belief that the return of Okowa as governor-elect does not reflect the democratic will of the majority of our electorate.

“His said return is based on electoral irregularities and malpractices that cannot be ignored by any unbiased umpire,” he said.

He insisted that in most of the places where votes were recorded for Okowa, the card reader was discarded as against the position of INEC, which he said declared that where card readers could not be used, voting should be suspended.

According to him, “We in the Labour Party went into the election trusting that INEC would deploy and use the card readers as enshrined in its 2015 guidelines for election officials. Regrettably, some officials of INEC violated the guideline and its further reassurance to our disadvantage,” he added.

He saidt the use of card readers was restricted to Delta-Central senatorial district, where they were used for accreditation and collation of votes.

He said, “This implies that every vote we received is genuine, lawful, valid and legitimate.

“In a curious summersault, card readers were overwhelmingly not used in Delta North and South.

“The election was conducted arbitrarily as dictated by PDP chieftains, who took over the duties of INEC personnel in those two senatorial districts and parts of central.

“By that singular action, some INEC officials once again allowed ‘toxic votes’ to be used to defeat the people’s will. These votes are unlawful and invalid.”