Fejiro Oliver

The Delta Central Senatorial bye-election which held
yesterday, amidst massive rigging and intimidation of voters by agents and
supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Democratic People’s
Party (DPP) has called for the outright cancellation of the election.
The party who made the declaration through a press
briefing by its senatorial candidate, Chief Ede Dafinone, noted that the
election which held on October 12th, 2013 was a complete sham, as
the scale of impunity, assault, molestation and violence by the PDP, thugs,
cultists and the security agents was just unimaginable.

The DPP expressed
concern that with this development, the democratic process in Nigeria is in

The DPP Chieftain, Ede stated that what happened on
the Election Day is a confirmation that the PDP will foist itself on Nigerians,
using the apparatus of the security agencies. He noted that their supporters
were openly shot at, maimed and battered by men who were supposed to be
guarding the electorates and the polling booths. According to the senatorial
candidate, INEC officials and NYSC ad hoc personnel bluntly refused to go out
to conduct the elections in several places; the government through the help of
security agents decided the outcome of the results in a clearly premeditated
“Because security personnel’s openly flogged and beat
up our agents and supporters everywhere without justification, we are able to
say that violent bias was used as a tool to coerce our supporters to abandon
polling stations. Because in various communities, security personnel watched,
allowed, participated in and supervised the hijacking of ballot boxes and other
election materials by PDP thugs and government officials, we are also able to
say that the so-called election was rigged with clear government approval”, the
party stated.
The DPP while acknowledging that there are no perfect
election systems everywhere however disagreed with the senatorial election,
saying that what they saw a resort to brute force to suppress the will of the
people of the Delta Central. “We did not lose an election. There has to be an
election before we talked about winners and losers”, Ede posited.
He faulted the election which declared Edesiri
Aguariawvodo as the winner as a naked criminality and imposition of a candidate
on the people against their will. “Therefore we reject whatever result
announced by INEC as it is not a true reflection of the democratic will of our
people. We call for an outright cancellation of the said election and any fake
result arising from same”, he stated. When asked if they will seek redress in
the court of law, the DPP noted that such actions may arise,
                                          Fake NYSC member who turned out to be a PDP agent
Meanwhile, the Delta State Chairman of the Labour
Party, Comrade Emeka Nkwola has followed the trail of the DPP, calling for the cancellation
of the election and the results declared. He expressed fears that with the
outcome of the Delta Central Senatorial election, the prophecy that Nigeria
will cease to exist as a nation in 2015 may just come to pass as INEC and
soldiers who aided in the rigging are already dancing to the tune of the
“We will not accept any of it. We have written a
petition already and we are following it. We pay the soldiers from the tax
payers’ money and they must not use the guns we buy for them against the people”
avowed Emeka.
He dismissed the situation where the umbrella body of
the Urhobos, the Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU) will call them to a round table
to talk them out of taking any legal action, noting that the UPU is not a
party, neither do they contest in elections; hence they cannot tell them what to do.

We had earlier reported firsthand experience of the
rigging that took place in the various polling units across the eight local governments.


                                                     A venue of the election in Delta Central
While the result to declare the
Delta Central Senatorial bye election winner is still being counted in Ughelli,
we can authoritatively report that the election was concluded last night which
was Friday in Sapele Local Government Area by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos
Utuama, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, who is the state commissioner for housing, Hon.
Monday Igbuya, Majority Leader, Delta State House of Assembly and Hon. Julius
Egbedi, Local government transition committee Chairman.
A source in the know of the meeting
noted that the governor came into Sapele around 8.25pm allegedly carrying over
N500 million to give to party supporters in mobilization for todays election.

source noted that the governor told the political heavyweights present to
deliver their wards and constituency by all means and deliver the Peoples
Democratic Party candidate, Hon. Edesiri Aguriawvodo.

The election which was held today
and monitored by our sources revealed a high level of rigging carried out by
the PDP in the eight local government area, that makes up the district. A source
who called our news desk from Sapele stated that a PDP agent who masquerade as
a corp member was all over the polling booth in Ogodo Primary School discussing
with corp members deployed to conduct the election on how to rig the election. The
source noted that the corp member gave the PDP agent his headgear to wear as a
disguise to beat the security from been suspected.
The election in Ajamogha, a
community in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area was reported to be
bloody as PDP agents stormed the venue and beat up the Assistant Resident
Electoral officers, snatching some of the ballot boxes and running into the bushes
to thumb print. One of the officers who spoke to our reporter stated that one
of them was chased into the bush, where he fell into the river. “We don’t even
know the area which the river is. Whether he will die there is what we don’t know,
as the boys are still there waiting for him. We are not from here, but Asaba”,
she stated. Some women and children later took to the street, carrying leaves
to protest over what they termed robbery against Ogboru. Another polling unit where
strong man of DPP, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru casted his votes later turned to a
battle field as agents alleged to be PDP stormed the venue to cart away the
ballot boxes, haven foresaw victory going the way of the DPP.
Sapele local government area, which
the DPP candidate, Chief Ede Dafinone hails from witnessed massive rigging, as
our sources revealed that the PDP boys loyal to Akpeki and Igbuya chased away
the supporters of DPP from the polling units and began to thumb print the
papers themselves. One of the sources squealed that the PDP took over Okotie
Eboh Grammer School, have chased away all the DPP members there and coerced the
only female electoral official who happens to be a corp member, to do their
bidding. Ede Dafinone who was sighted by our reporter was said to be calm,
making and answering calls from the field. A source close to the DPP chieftain
told us that one of the Party top men, Moses Ogodo is currently battling to
save his properties, as the PDP members are threatening to burn down his house
in New Road, Sapele for trying to stop them from rigging.
“He has been receiving threat calls
for the past four days. His wife and children are currently in trouble as they
have threatened to kill him. My brother, this is not an election but selection
and we must reject it”. An impeccable source told us that Ede has asked all his
agents not to sign any of the election results, while they maintain their peace,
to avoid any of them dying.
One of the PDP agent spotted by our source connived with a corp member and took his headgear in preparation to rig the election. According to our source, he took the headgear in order to beat security, who are known to be relaxed with corp members. He was overheard telling some agents on how to get the ballot papers from the NYSC member who has agreed to play ball with them
The fake NYSC corper on headgear who turned out to be a PDP agent
Another source revealed to us that
the Nigerian soldiers were used in Sapele and Okpe by the PDP to perfect the
rigging. According to the source, the soldiers took to beating of the DPP
candidates, while giving protection to the election riggers. “That is the
information reaching us from the field and we believe the Defence Minister or
Chief of Army Staff has not ordered his men to rig election in favour of PDP”,
he stated.
In Ughelli South, the INEC official
ordered that 19 booklets of ballot papers and 197 loose sheets (ballot papers)
be given to the Jeremi Ward 2 of the Delta State Deputy Governor, Utuama, even
after materials have been shared to all the wards, including Jeremi Ward 2.
We also gathered
that alleged PDP members snatched a ballot boxes and voting materials as
INEC officials were moving the  materials to  Imohwe
polling booth at Ekiugbo, Ughelli North LGA, Delta State. The hoodlums who
were shooting sporadically into the air  stopped the vehicle
conveying the  voting materials to the polling booth  and
ordered the occupants  out of the vehicle after which they sped away
with the ballot box, voting papers and other electoral materials.  The
occupants of the vehicle who are four youth corpers, a uniform
para-military man and the driver later took another vehicle to an unknown
destination. Residents of the area told our reporter that the units were the
party members snatched the election boxes are stronghold of the PDP and APC.
In Umolo Community, Ughelli South LGA, voting materials
did not arrive as at 1.00pm, despite hundreds of voters being at the polling
units since 7.00am. Unconfirmed report on our news desk stated that the vehicle
conveying the materials was diverted to do some dirty job before it finally
                                       Vehicles that conveyed election materials that arrived late
In Udu LGA, Ward 7, we gathered that the rigging spree
did not miss there as alleged PDP thugs snatched the ballot boxes meant for the
protest and diverted them to an unknown destination.  Our reporters who monitored the election
reported that there was very low turnout of voters, as it was believed that the
election has already been won and lost. The results which will be declared
officially midnight or tomorrow will be a far cry from the true results as most
names were falsified stated a source.
Impeccable sources at the various collating units in
the district states that it is a landslide victory for Hon. Edesiri Aguariawvodo.
We had earlier reported the plan by Governor Uduaghan
to win the election, when he relocated to Warri.



The Governor of Delta State has moved the seat of
power from the State capital, Asaba to the oil city of Warri in a desperate
move to secure victory for the Delta Central Senatorial bye-election taking
place tomorrow, in eight local government areas.
The Governor who has been in Warri since Wednesday we
gathered is in the area to mobilize the neighbouring town of Uvwie, by doling
out money to voters through associates to induce them voting for the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) candidate. Uvwie and Udu which are among the local
government area are close to Warri South where the Delta State government house
annex is located.

According to a source, the governor has always
complained that the only reason that will make PDP lose the election is failure
to allow Udu and Uvwie local government areas to vote for another party, noting
that both local government has always voted against his party and casting their
votes for Great Ovedje Ogboru of the Democratic Peoples Party )PDP). According to
the source, the governor has vowed not to have a repeat of such incidents;
hence he is mobilizing all the politicians and chiefs in the two local government
to convince their people to vote enmasse for the PDP candidate, Aguariavwodo
A reliable source in know of the governor’s action
told this paper that the governors biggest threat is double barreled in nature.
When ask what he meant by such; he stated that the All Progressive Congress
(APC) candidate, Emerhor O’tega former opponent, Festus Keyamo is from Uvwie
while Udu and Uvwie are die hard loyalists of Great Ogboru, who has pleaded
with them to vote for Ede Dafinone of the DPP. This we gathered has given the
governor sleepless nights as this election will determines PDP victory or loses
in the 2015 gubernatorial at the election.
The governor has marshaled foot soldiers to personally
give out money to voters at the polling units to enable them cast their votes
for his party, A source who was at the house of a PDP chieftain in Oghara, Hon
Henry Ofa, who is the commissioner representing Ethiope West, Sapele and Okpe
in the DESOPADEC board squealed that the politician gave the women a N1000 each
to vote for PDP, while he gave the men N500 each. According to the source who
is a beneficiary, Ofa assured them that he will give them more on Monday after
the victory of PDP, he further revealed that the notable politician pleaded
with them to vote for Chief Ibori who is literary the one vying for the
Senatorial position.

The election for tomorrow will be the hardest
election ever witnessed in the district as all the candidates are credible. Some
of the political figures who spoke to us however gave the day to the PDP
candidate, whom they stated has proven himself when he was a House of
Representatives member as well as Managing Director of the Niger Delta
Development Commission (NDDC). They also attributed his road to victory in his
humble nature, an attribute which the candidate of the DPP and APC lacks.