All Progressive Congress (APC) Delta State chapter has pull out of the tomorrow (Tuesday) rescheduled rerun election for Ughelli North and Ethiope West Local government councils, BigPen Online can report.
The party hitched its decision to withdraw from the rerun election in the two councils on electoral fraud by the Peoples Democratic Party led administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
According to APC, no elections took place anywhere in Delta state, saying that Governor Okowa rigged his own election by confiscating all sensitive election materials including result sheets and then resorted to writing all the results and handing same to DSIEC to announce.
Addressing a press conference at Enwreni, Ughelli North Local Government Area on Monday, state chairman of APC, Jones Ehrue alleged that the governor only used the electoral umpire, DSIEC to perpetuate the electoral malpractices.
“You will recall that two days ago, I addressed the press where I condemned the sham elections organised by the Okowa Government and his hand-picked DSIEC.
“For the record, I want to reiterate that the elections purportedly organized by the Okowa led PDP government in the entire State was a fraud.
“The Okowa Government rigged his own election by confiscating all sensitive election materials including result sheets and then resorted to writing all the results and handing same to DSIEC to announce, the party chairman said.
Continuing, Erhue said that attempt by the APC to insist on all sensitive materials including result sheets be provided to allow a free and fair election, the PDP resorted to violence that was witnessed throughout the 25 LGAs of the State.
While demanding total cancellation of the election in all the 25 LGAs in Delta State and not only in Ughelli North and Ethiope East, he said that APC Delta State is and has always been prepared for the LGA elections.
He said that to purportedly direct for a re-run in only two LGAs, Ughelli North and Ethiope East, is a subterfuge for the validation and authentication of the sham elections in the other twenty-three LGAs.
Erhue who was flanked by APC Delta leader, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor and other top stalwart of the party said: “We condemn the grotesque and brazen sabotage of the will of the people of Delta State in the so-called election that Okowa and his lackeys in DSIEC organised last Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Delta State.
“We demand for the cancellation of the sham elections in all the 25 LGAs in Delta State and not only in Ughelli North and Ethiope East.
“We demand that Okowa and his DSIEC guarantee a free and fair election in a re-run that will take place in all the 25 LGAs of the State”.
“We will therefore not participate in the elections in the two LGAs fixed for tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9, 2018”.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we are prepared, willing, and ready to participate in any free and fair election in all the 25 LGAs as the people of Delta State are ready to throw out the government from Delta State, starting with the LGA elections”.