By Michael Ekokoruwe:
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and minority leader of the house of representatives Isoko federal constituency hon. Leo Ogor, has been declared winner of Isoko federal constituency for the fifth time in last Saturday Presidential/ National Assembly elections at Oleh, Isoko South local government area of Delta State.
Ogor polled 34,000 votes to defeat hon. Joel Onowakpor Thomas of All Progressive Congress (APC) who scored 23,553 votes.
Announcing the results at the collation centre, the INEC officer, Dr. Edwin Asikaoh of the federal college of Education Asaba said, the election was free and fair.
In his reaction hon. Leo Ogor through Mr. Jay Ogor said, “We thanked God for the victory and we dedicate it to the good people of Isoko Nation for entrusting us yet again with their mandate for the 5th term”. He noted that he was humbled by the result and commended Isoko people for their support.
In a swift reaction to the declared results, hon. Silas Bowue director general to hon. Joel Onowakpor Thomas campaign protest the result, saying, the declaration is illegal and inconsistent with the provision of electoral act. The law says “where the total vote lead margin is less than the total number of registered voters in area or unit council in an election, a winner can’t be declared until a supplementary elections are held in those places.
He stated that the hurry in the declaration of hon. Leo Ogor, minority leader in the national Assembly as a winner reveals an underground activities by INEC and must be reverted.
He noted that five petitions has been submitted to INEC on the need for the cancellation of results of some wards in Isoko federal constituency due to cases of manifest fraudulent manipulation of the voting process and violation of the electoral act during the election.
Meanwhile results of the South Senatorial seat of Delta State have been announced. Senator James Manager of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared winner in the Saturdays Presidential and national Assembly elections.
Manager scored a total of 258,812 votes to defeat his closet rival, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, former governor of Delta State who scored 125,776 votes.