The Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged massive rigging in the presidential and national assembly elections held on Saturday, February 23.
The Director General (DG), Delta State APC Campaign Council/Great Ogboru Campaign Organisation, Hon. Timinimi George made this known in a statement release and signed by him on Tuesday.
The All Progressive Congress alleged that the leadership of the ruling party in the state, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) largly compromised INEC and police officials to carry out the electoral fraud in favor of PDP candidates.
The party therefore called for a cancellation of the results announced in the affected Local Government Areas.
“There was no election in the riverine areas of Delta South. What happened was daylight robbery and a shameless effrontery on our nascent democracy. The PDP leadership in the state largely compromised the military and police operatives deployed by authorities to ensure a free and fair elections. In Delta South, in the riverine areas of Burutu, Bomadi and Patani LGAs, the PDP leaders hijacked ballot papers and thumb printed massively in favour of their party and candidates.
The venue of their thump printing is like a massive polling centre with many men and women aggressively carrying out this criminal act . I have enough video to buttress what i am saying,” George stated.
The Director General, Timinimi George, went further to specifically speak on the affected Local Government Areas. He said;
“In Warri South West Local Government Area at Ogbe-Ijoh, in ward 1 of unit 005, 006, 007 and 008 in the riverine areas of the LGA, elections were characterised by massive rigging in connivance with INEC officials. There were also hellish thuggery, harassment and intimidation of voters and agents. These criminal acts were also awfully manifest in Gbaramatu, Oporoza , and Isaba wards of same LGA. Burutu and BOMADI LGAs and the Riverine areas of Patani LGA also shared in the barbaric and mindless rigging with the attendant violence. Tragically, in the few Units and Wards where few electoral materials were present, the result sheets for the units were missing completely. I therefore call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to outrightly cancel the elections in the aforementioned LGAs.”
In Ethiope West, an APC chieftain also narrated how a former PDP governor of the state used compromised soldiers and thugs to successfully rig an election.
“This was a man that was subjected to all sorts of shame locally and internationally not long ago. Still he wouldn’t leave politics alone, live quietly and save what remains of his honour. Imagine, after thump printing he brought out nine Hilux vans loaded with compromised soldiers and some thugs and they carried these thump printed materials to the Collation Centre. And this was the result the INEC officials announced because they had been terribly compromised. It was simply unbelievable, really sad,” he lamented.
The immediate past governor of Delta state, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan contested for the Delta South Senatorial election under the APC and lost to James Manager of PDP.