PDP was accused of rigging the elections
The Democratic Peoples’ Party, DPP, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of rigging the October 12 Delta Central Senatorial District by-election. The PDP was declared winner of the poll. The election was held to elect a replacement for the late senator, Pius Ewherido.In a statement issued by the DPP chairman in Delta, Tony Ezeagwu, the party alleged that the election was a sham and disassociated itself from its outcome.
The party said the scale of impunity and violence by PDP “thugs” and security agents was unimaginable. “There was no election and we know the conflagration that could follow if we do not stop our people early enough from going to collation centres to witness the results collation,’’ the party said. The party, however, urged its members and supporters to remain peaceful.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) supported that claim, saying the election was marred by electoral malpractice “and widespread violence perpetrated by security agents and thugs.’’ The party made the allegation in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The APC alleged that there was no voting at all in most of the eight local government areas and the 85 wards in the district. It also alleged that “the PDP used armed security agents to chase away voters in opposition strongholds.’’ In his reaction, the PDP publicity secretary in Delta state, Macaulay Deighan, said the party’s victory was well-deserved and that allegations of rigging were false.
Mr. Deighan said the electorate voted for the party’s candidate, Emmanuel Aguariavwode, because they believed in him, adding that the party worked hard to secure the victory. He described the election as peaceful, saying security agencies were on ground to maintain peace and order. “It is not a surprise that we won the election because we campaigned seriously to regain the seat,” the PDP said. “The allegation about rigging is baseless because it was a one-man-one-vote affair, which everybody witnessed. PDP is the majority party in the state.”
The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, chairman in Delta, Ogueshi Eboka, backed PDP’s victory, adding that the exercise was peaceful. “We participated and we tried our best but could not win. Definitely, I knew that PDP would win,” he said.
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