The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Delta state, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the State’s governorship election result now.
The APC accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of ballot snatching, over voting, buying of votes and impunity during the last Saturday’s election.
The Delta State APC Campaign Council and the governorship candidate of the party, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru had also condemned the conduct of the State’s governorship and state assembly elections held on Saturday March 9, 2019.
In a statement, the party’s Chairman, Prophet Jones Erue, said the election was marred by violence as three persons were murdered in cold blood, saying it was the worst election ever conducted in Delta where PDP thugs, armed with weapons, snatched and burnt ballot papers and result sheets in APC strongholds.
Erue alleged that, from Delta North to South and Central, PDP thugs had exhibited an appetite for violence as they left many innocent voters in pool of blood, alleging that security agents aided PDP thugs to cart away ballot boxes at the units, wards and collation centers.
He said: “The object of their gory adventure was to tilt the election results in favour of the PDP. This unpatriotic and satanic objective was indeed achieved but not without exposing their unabashed criminality to grab power so they can subject Deltans to another four years of exploitation and crude pillage of our collective patrimony.
“Indeed, the disparity between the INEC card readers and records of accreditation and the votes being declared at the Collation Centers across the state exposed their crass breach of the electoral process and villainous infringement of the law, since the INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu had stated that where there are more voters than the number recorded by the card readers, the results in that area shall be annulled.
“Delta APC condemns and rejects, in totality, the result of the governorship election held in Delta State on Saturday, March 9, 2019 and call on the INEC Chairman to instantly annul the result and to re-conduct same in the nearest date possible in line with extant laws and with all necessary logistics put in place to ensure a free and fair election.
“INEC has already demonstrated its preparedness to apply drastic measures where there is a clear breach of the electoral process through its suspension of the Rivers state election and we urge the electoral umpire to apply same rule in the case of Delta to further underscore its consistency, commitment and determination to conduct a free and fair elections in all states in Nigeria”, the state APC chairman stressed.