09 January, 2018

DELTA COUNCILS ELECTION 2018: ETHIOPE EAST, UGHELLI NORTH GOES TO POLL TUESDAY 9TH JANUARY.


On Monday, 8th January 2018 the Smart Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and top government officials witnessed the official Oath taking by 23 newly elected Local Government Chairmen in Delta State at the Unity Hall, Government House Asaba.

It was well attended and it marks the successful end of the electoral process for the 23 candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); who are now Chief Executives of their respective LGAs.

However, two critical local government areas in the densely populated Delta Central Senatorial District are to take their turn tomorrow, 9th January in the electoral process as DSIEC concludes plans to conduct elections in those political jurisdiction.

Ethiope East and Ughelli North LGAs were left out last Saturday due to reported cases of violence and late delivery of electoral materials. While Ethiope East was calm but couldn't vote due to late delivery of voting materials, Ughelli North went gaga as a result of alleged disagreements between party supporters and violence erupted, causing pandemonium leading to the setting ablaze of DSIEC office building in the locality. Investigation by law enforcement agents is ongoing.

APC DELTA in a statement by its Chairman, Prophet Jones ERUE declared that his party will not participate in today's (9th January 2018) rescheduled election in the two LGAs.

Political observers are of the opinion that boycotting elections in the two LGAs amounts to disenfranchising the party's members and supporters.

On the other hand, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) views APC Delta's decision as a subtle means of accepting defeat. Viewed from both perspectives, the election must hold today and the umpire, DSIEC will go ahead to announce winners.

With the council elections concluded today, the political battle ground will shift to the general elections in 2019. It is hoped that the two parties; PDP and APC shall play the game by the rules to ensure a transparent, violence free and credible elections.

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