The Delta State government and Delta State Independent Electoral Commission DSIEC have been cautioned against rigging of the January 6 chairmanship and councillorship election in Okpe local government area.
The group, Okpe Equity Platform (OEP), in a statement on Thursday at Orerokpe, signed by its Coordinator, Mr. Philip Edjeduere, noted “there are speculations that DSIEC may not distribute sensitive materials to all the polling units across Okpe local government because the All Progressives Congress APC has the most popular and generally acceptable Chairmanship candidate in Okpe local government”
“The Delta state government should ensure the outcome or result of the January 6 election is not rigged or manipulated for PDP, because we shall resist anything near that.
“We are however appealing to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to allow DSIEC collate and announce the result of the chairmanship election of Okpe immediately at the council as taking the result to Asaba for announcement will only indicate pure manipulation of the result”.
“We challenge DSIEC to conduct a credible election, make available voting materials at every polling units on January 6, to enable the electorates cast their votes for their preferred candidates, and from all indications APC will win in Okpe local government”.
Edjeduere said that the people of Okpe local government have resolved and very ready to vote and monitor the election, adding that even Governor Okowa is much aware that Okpe is for APC and the result of January 6, will reflect same.