How PDP, Deputy Governor Used Nigerian Army, NYSC To Rig Delta Central Senatorial Bye-Election
How Deputy Governor Perfected Aguariawvodo Victory in Delta Central Senatorial Bye-Election a Day before the Election…As PDP Used Nigerian Army and NYSC to rig.
While the results of the Delta Central Senatorial bye election conducted today is still being counted in Ughelli, we can authoritatively report that the election was concluded last night (which was Friday) in Sapele Local Government Area by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, who is the state commissioner for housing, Hon. Monday Igbuya, Majority Leader, Delta State House of Assembly and Hon. Julius Egbedi, Local government transition committee Chairman.
A source in the know of the meeting said that the governor came into Sapele around 8.25pm last night carrying over N500 million to give to party supporters in mobilization for todays election. The source informed us that the governor told the political heavyweights present to deliver their wards and constituency by all means and deliver the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Hon. Edesiri Aguriawvodo.
The election held today and monitored by our sources revealed a high level of rigging carried out by the PDP in the eight local government area, that makes up the district. One of the monitors who called our news desk from Sapele stated that a PDP agent who masquerade as a corp member was all over the polling booth in Ogodo Primary School discussing with corp members deployed to conduct the election on how to rig the election. The source noted that the corp member gave the PDP agent his headgear to wear as a disguise to beat the security from been suspected.
The election in Ajamogha, a community in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area was bloody as PDP agents stormed the venue and beat up the Assistant Resident Electoral officers, snatching some of the ballot boxes and running into the bushes to thumb print. One of the officers who spoke to our reporter stated that one of them was chased into the bush, where he fell into the river. “We don’t even know the area which the river is. Whether he will die there is what we don’t know, as the boys are still there waiting for him. We are not from here, but Asaba”, she stated. Some women and children later took to the street, carrying leaves to protest over what they termed robbery against Ogboru. Another polling unit where strong man of DPP, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru casted his votes later turned to a battle field as agents alleged to be PDP stormed the venue to cart away the ballot boxes, haven foresaw victory going the way of the DPP.
Sapele local government area, which the DPP candidate, Chief Ede Dafinone hails from witnessed massive rigging, as our sources revealed that the PDP boys loyal to Akpeki and Igbuya chased away the supporters of DPP from the polling units and began to thumb print the papers themselves. One of the sources squealed that the PDP took over Okotie Eboh Grammer School, have chased away all the DPP members there and coerced the only female electoral official who happens to be a corp member, to do their bidding. Ede Dafinone who was sighted by our reporter was said to be calm, making and answering calls from the field. A source close to the DPP chieftain told us that one of the Party top men, Moses Ogodo is currently battling to save his properties, as the PDP members are threatening to burn down his house in New Road, Sapele for trying to stop them from rigging.
“He has been receiving threat calls for the past four days. His wife and children are currently in trouble as they have threatened to kill him. My brother, this is not an election but selection and we must reject it”. An impeccable source told us that Ede has asked all his agents not to sign any of the election results, while they maintain their peace, to avoid any of them dying.
Another source revealed to us that the Nigerian soldiers were used in Sapele and Okpe by the PDP to perfect the rigging. According to the source, the soldiers took to beating of the DPP candidates, while giving protection to the election riggers. “That is the information reaching us from the field and we believe the Defence Minister or Chief of Army Staff has not ordered his men to rig election in favour of PDP”, he stated.
In Ughelli South, the INEC official ordered that 19 booklets of ballot papers and 197 loose sheets (ballot papers) be given to the Jeremi Ward 2 of the Delta State Deputy Governor, Utuama, even after materials have been shared to all the wards, including Jeremi Ward 2.
We also gathered that alleged PDP members snatched a ballot boxes and voting materials as INEC officials were moving the materials to Imohwe polling booth at Ekiugbo, Ughelli North LGA, Delta State. The hoodlums who were shooting sporadically into the air stopped the vehicle conveying the voting materials to the polling booth and ordered the occupants out of the vehicle after which they sped away with the ballot box, voting papers and other electoral materials. The occupants of the vehicle who are four youth corpers, a uniform para-military man and the driver later took another vehicle to an unknown destination. Residents of the area told our reporter that the units were the party members snatched the election boxes are stronghold of the PDP and APC.
In Umolo Community, Ughelli South LGA, voting materials did not arrive as at 1.00pm, despite hundreds of voters being at the polling units since 7.00am. Unconfirmed report on our news desk stated that the vehicle conveying the materials was diverted to do some dirty job before it finally arrived.
In Udu LGA, Ward 7, we gathered that the rigging spree did not miss there as alleged PDP thugs snatched the ballot boxes meant for the protest and diverted them to an unknown destination. Our reporters who monitored the election reported that there was very low turnout of voters, as it was believed that the election has already been won and lost. The results which will be declared officially midnight or tomorrow will be a far cry from the true results as most names were falsified stated a source.
Impeccable sources at the various collating units in the district states that it is a landslide victory for Hon. Edesiri Aguariawvodo.
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