- Delta district’s senatorial election has been condemned by Emmanuel Uduaghan, APC candidate in the state
- Uduaghan claimed that massive election malpractices characterised the poll held on Saturday, February 23, in the state
- According to the APC candidate, these malpractices were made possible by the collaboration of INEC officials with thugs identified as the PDP supporters
Emmanuel Uduaghan, Delta South senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has sought for the cancellation of the district’s senatorial elections held on Saturday, February 23, saying it was massively rigged.
In a petition to the state REC, by his lawyer, E. Otaru, he said there was massive election malpractices "perpetrated through voter intimidation, where voters were compelled to vote against their conscience by thugs, who were openly brandishing various dangerous weapons.”
Vanguard reports that Uduaghan provided videos of some persons being intimidated with woods by thugs allegedly at polling units 5, 6, 7, 8 in Ogbe Ijoh ward One, Warri south west LGA, parts of Bomadi, four wards in Warri south west and part of Warri north.
According to his lawyer, "Voting slips were hijacked and in some cases, destroyed, especially in polling units where it is perceived that the APC, head the upper level.
"It is pertinent to point out that these malpractices were made possible by the collaboration of INEC officials with these thugs identified as the PDP, supporters.
"The areas where these malpractices were more brazen and massive include Burutu, Warri north, Warri south, Bomadi, Patani, Warri south-west, Isoko north and Isoko south local government areas.
"It is obvious that the outcome and/or the results from the above listed local government areas, if nothing is done about them will reflect not reflect the will of people and their wish to freely elect the candidate of their choice.
"Based on the foregoing, we have our client’s instructions to call on you sir and appeal that the election in the aforementioned local government areas be cancelled."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the senatorial ambition of the former governor of Delta state, Emmanuel Uduaghan, on the platform of the APC reportedly hit the rocks as a court reportedly sacked him as the party’s candidate ahead of the election.
The sack of Uduaghan was, however, celebrated by Lauretta Onochie, a social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, who called the former governor a mole in the APC.
Uduaghan had defected to the APC from the PDP under which he governed Delta state for eight years.
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