- At least one person who shot dead in Irri Ikpide community of Delta state during the Saturday, September 11 bye-election
- The victim was said to have been directly shot at by a thug who came to seize ballot papers at one of the polling units
- Although the police command is yet to make an official statement on the development, eyewitnesses said the hoodlums came in the afternoon of Saturday
The bye-election into Isoko South Constituency 1 of Delta state on Saturday, September 11, turned violent as some thugs hijacked the poll and killed at least one person in the Irri Ikpide community.
The mayhem started after a misunderstanding ensued among the electorate at a polling unit in the area.
Eyewitnesses who spoke with Punch claimed that the hoodlums armed with AK-47 stormed Irri Ward 10, polling unit 5, to seize ballot papers.
The criminals were said to have shot sporadically into the air to scare away voters after which they shot directly at the victim.
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The election was necessitated by a vacancy at the state House of Assembly following the death of Hon. Kenneth Ogba in June.
2023: PDP governor Okowa says APC scared of electronic transmission of election results, gives
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state had claimed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is afraid of the electronic transmission of election results in 2023 because of its alleged failure in the past six years.
Okowa stated this at a news briefing through the commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu.
Legit.ng gathered that the Delta state governor further alleged that those kicking against electronic transmission had plans to hijack and rig the 2023 elections.
According to Okowa, the transmission of results would guarantee free and fair elections and guard against malpractices.
Governor Okowa added that federal lawmakers from Delta state who voted against electronic transmission of results did so out of their selfish interest.
“APC is scared of electronic transmission of results because of its abysmal failure in the past six years and those kicking against electronic transmission are planning to rig the election.”