- A group in Delta has accused a politician of giving out Banga rice at various polling units to away voters in the state
- The group, Delta Coalition for Ogboru, said the votes were in favour of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
- The group also called for the arrest of the politician who allegedly distributed the meal during the election
A group, Delta Coalition for Ogboru, has accused a politician of allegedly giving out Banga rice at various polling units in Delta Central senatorial district to swing votes in favour of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa during the just concluded governorship election in the state.
Chairman of the group, Mr Fabian Ohwotife and the secretary, Mr Blackman Idogho called for outright cancellation of the governorship election result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Delta state.
They also called for the arrest of the politician who allegedly distributed the meal during the election by security operatives.
“We saw how this hater of truth in conjunction with the People Democratic Party (PDP), rolled out pots of Banga rice and bribed voters from Sapele down to Ekakpamre in the Delta Central Senatorial District.
“Together they shoveled a coal of irregularities in to the election furnace to have evil prevail over good. We have electronic evidence of ( name withheld) complicity in the Banga rice saga that saw Okowa winning the elections in the Delta central.
“Accordingly we are calling on security agencies to arrest and prosecute him for inducing voters with food during the election. The prevalence of food bribe is a poignant confirmation of the profound scale of rigging witnessed during the polls,” the group said.
The group also queried the scores of Governor Okowa in some riverine areas, alleging that they were fabricated.
Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) has urged the Police Service Commission (PSC) to open investigation into the activities of policemen in the state who took part in the just concluded elections and called for the immediate redeployment of the police commissioner, CP Kaoje Ibrahim.
The group accused the CP of compromising police affairs and structures in the state with a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Udom Ekpudom, and junior officers close to Senator Godswill Akpabio during the just concluded elections in the state.
In an open letter to the PSC signed by its leader, Prince Emmanuel Sam, AILM accused CP Ibrahim of partiality, incompetence, ineptitude and partisanship.
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