PDP Sweeps All 22 LG Chairmanship Seats, All Councillorships

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The Police in Delta State say they have begun investigation into circumstances that led to burning of the Delta Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) in Ughelli North Local Government Area.

Ogbodu said the result for Ika South could not be declared due to the absence of the returning officer for the locality who was said to be indisposed.

Addressing the press shortly after the results declaration, the chairman of the commission, Mike Ogbodu said, the election was postponed two local government councils, Ughelli North and Ethiope East following a crisis and rescheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

57 PDP Councillorship candidates were returned unopposed, while the party won 424 councillorship seats contested for, the agency said.

"The result of the councillorship elections for Otor-Owhe Ward 01 of Isoko North Local Government Area is yet to be declared owing to an order of the High Court of Justice, Delta State, sitting at Ibusa".

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"The Delta State local council elections that took place on January 6, 2018, with Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) as the umpire, was a total sham that can not stand the test of credible, free and fair elections as required by democratic principles".

He said that PDP won the chairmanship elections in 23 local government areas.

On the situation report generally across the state, the Governor disclosed that at Ndokwa East local government area, soldiers stopped electoral officers from moving materials, a situation which he said, was addressed.

"It was observed upon a close examination that the result sheets did not accompany the materials in most of the local government areas".

"At the point of distribution, we insisted on seeing the result sheets and other sensitive materials but the DSIEC official claimed that he forgot the original result sheets in Asaba".

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He said: "Some thugs set ablaze the DSIEC office in Ughelli North".

The election in both local government areas had marred by violence.

"To let it stand would be that DSIEC has in connivance with the People's Democratic Party perpetuated a greedy and political dynasty that is already gasping for life.The election was conducted in substantial non-compliance with the provisions set out in the DSIEC Law 2017", he stated.

Erue, who was surrounded by other leaders of the party, including the leader of the party in the state, Olorogun O'tega Emerhor, however clarified that the APC would always be ready to participate in any election, across the 25 council areas of the state, when it is sure that the process would be free, fair and credible, demanding that the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, and the DSIEC give Delta people a real election. In summary no elections took place anywhere in Delta state.

APC Delta State is and has always been prepared for the LGA elections.

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