Police investigate burning of DSIEC office

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Chairman of the party in the state, Prophet Jones Erue, who announced the decision of the party to stay out of the by-election, reiterated the party's earlier position that the ruling party in the state, the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) connived with the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) to muddle up the process in order to deprive the electorate their right to a free and fair election.

He stated that both the state government and DSIEC were not prepared to conduct a credible election where the electorate would be allowed to freely choose who governs them.

The election results which were declared at the commission's headquarters in Asaba few hours ago by returning officers of various local government areas, saw the PDP chairmanship candidates winning in 23 out of the 25 councils.

Ogbodu said that the PDP also won 424 councillorship seats across the state, adding that 59 councillorship candidates of the PDP were returned unopposed.

The APC was declared victor in one councillorship position, Ward 2, Aniocha North local government area, which is the hometown of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

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Ogbodu said the result of one ward in Isoko North is being withheld as result of court injunction.

Aniamaka said, "Some thugs set ablaze the DSIEC office in Ughelli North". They called on all aggrieved persons to take their grievances to the appropriate quarters provided by law.

The police have begun investigation into circumstances that led to the burning of the office.

"We are not shocked by the outcome of the elections because we had issued a note of caution previously, warning about the potential for active connivance between DSIEC and PDP officials or agents".

Calling on DSIEC to cancel the election, the APC described the election across the state as a "sham a pointer to the fact that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state is "dying".

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"What happened today (Saturday) is a pointer to the fact that Deltans are exhausted of the PDP in Delta State and the people resisted them".

"We hope that they will listen to the voice of reason as Deltans have spoken loudly enough", Erue said.

"These cries and allegations are usually normal in an election, especially when a party has lost out woefully".

"The allegations that DSIEC colluded with the PDP to divert electoral materials are entirely false and can never hold water".

However, the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa while applauding DSIEC for the conduct of the election, said: "I am satisfied with the process".

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