ALL the incumbent chairmen of the 25 local government areas and flag bearers of People Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State have been declared winners of Saturday’s local government election.
This was disclosed in a press a briefing during the announcement of the election results held at the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC).
The election, conducted on Saturday, commenced at about 10am with poor turnout of voters, late arrival of INEC materials while some of the electorate could not exercise their franchise due to inability of INEC to provide election materials in their polling centres.
The vice chairman of PDP, Ushie Ndokwa East and party agent in ward 20, unit 11, Henry Emeh described the election as free and fair in his ward and urged his candidate who emerges the winner to improve more in his achievement especially towards employment and skill acquisition in order to give people the enabling environment they need to do hand works, create jobs for themselves and others.
Ndokwa East Local Government Area, ward 19, unit 3, 4, 6, and 7 experienced poor turnout of voters while at about 1pm in Ugheli South LG, election material were not found which made voters to be less concerned to cast their votes.
One of the party leaders and party agent of People Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Ojumili expressed delight over the high level of corporation of security agencies and urged voters to vote according to their choice of candidate and remain peaceful, even as he expressed confidence in INEC to give accurate result.
“Voting is going well here. There is no violence or mixture of names. We had earlier sensitised the youths and warned them not to showcase any form of bad attitude”, he said.
Speaking to newsmen, Mr Francis Onobruchere said the exercise was peaceful in Afisere community in Ugheli North Local Government Area and thanked Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) for conducting a credible election. He advised the youths to be of good behaviors so as to obtain their political goals in Nigeria.
In his word, “if you look at some leaders in Nigeria today, such as Olusegun Obasanjo, President Mohammed Buhari, they are the people that obtained their political goal at the age of thirty something years and they are still in power today. So, when you talk of politics, you do not use force to collect political power but through dialogue and good behavior.
“If my incumbent chairman will return, I will advise him to ensure to carry all in Ugheli North along. A lot of people have obtained the position and we know where they are today. Therefore, if you do well, your name will remain in good,” he said.
In an interview, a ward leader, Mr Mike Ogeleka said he felt satisfied with the outcome of the election despite the late arrival of election material in some areas which brought about misconduct and fight between opposition parties in some areas.
“It was peaceful though we had some logistics initially. The number of ballot papers that came earlier was nothing to compare to the number of voters registered. After we made calls across, they came up with enough ballot papers. So, that was the initial hitch, otherwise, everything went smoothly,” he said.
He commended the incumbent governor of the state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa over his administrative achievements and appealed for the increment of local government revenue for the benefit of their people.
The incumbent chairman of the local government and flag bearer of PDP, Godwin Adode showed no interest to disclose the performance of voters in his polling unit to the newsmen and avoided coverage of the election.