–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Michael EKOKORUWE:
THE candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Isoko South local government area, Hon. Victor Asasa has been declared winner in the March 6th Delta State Independent Electoral Commission local government election held across the wards of Isoko South local government area of Delta State, as the All Progressive Congress candidate Hon. Deaconess (Mrs.) Hoplyn Ayu alleged irregularities.
Announcing the result at Ekpre Otobo hall, Isoko South local government area, the returning Officer, Professor Sunday Akparobi declared Hon. Victor Asasa of Peoples Democratic Party winner with 103, 359 votes to defeat Hon. (Mrs.) Hoplyn Eruore Ayu of All Progressive Congress with 1, 155 votes.
Speaking to newsmen, Hon. Victor Asasa commended DSIEC for the peaceful conduct of election and said, he gives glory to God for winning the chairmanship position of Isoko South local government area and thanked the electorates and leaders of the party. He assured of transformation and all inclusive government of the area.
For his part, the Managing Director of DESOPADEC, Bashorun Dr. Askia Ogieh, commended the electorates for voting PDP and assured the people of dividends of democracy, adding that government will be closer to the people towards the development of the area.
Our Correspondent who monitored the local government election across the various wards of Isoko South and North local government area, witnessed low turnout of voters in some wards, just as voting materials arrived early but commencement of the voting process delayed due to distribution of materials to the units.
At 8.30am in Olomoro ward 6 unit 4, election materials distribution to various units commenced, just as one Freedom, a party thug from Olomoro almost destroyed correspondent’s camera for flagrant display of abysmal thuggery, while at 9.30am Aviara ward 03 unit 12 materials were also been distributed to other units.
The former member Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Johnson Erijo and Hon. Victor Asasa who voted at Aviara ward 3, commended DSIEC for the peaceful conduct of election, noting that PDP will win the election having gone through rigorous campaigns and preparedness.
At Uzere ward 5 unit 10, the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Isoko South local government area, Chief (Odio) Godspower Obaro who voted earlier, commended the electorates for voting the candidates of their choice, while Hon. (Mrs) Blessing Uzoge, vice chairmanship candidate of PDP who voted at Oleh ward 1 unit 15 said, the election was free and fair, adding that she will ensure that the women benefit from government policies.
The PDP chairmanship candidate of Isoko North local government area, Hon. Deacon Christian Iteire, also commended DSIEC for the peaceful conduct of the local government election at Oyede. He noted that PDP campaigned earnestly and urged the electorates to be peaceful while casting their votes.
He assured of empowering the women and youths, roads construction and improved health care system in the local government area.
At Emevor ward 7 unit 1, the DESOPADEC commissioner representing Isoko nation, Hon. (Dr.) Paul Owhe said, there was no opposition party contesting in the area and commended DSIEC for the peaceful conduct of the election, noting that the turnout of electorates was impressive.
The chairman of PDP Isoko North local government area, Prince Godwin Ogorugba and former chairman of Isoko South local government area, Sir Itiako Ikpokpo also commended DSIEC for the peaceful conduct of the election at Otor – Igho and Uro communities of Isoko South and North local government area respectively.
However at Olomoro ward 6, the chairmanship candidate of All Progressive congress for Isoko South local government area, Hon. Deaconess (Mrs.) Hoplyn Ayu said, the conduct of the election was poor, noting that voting materials brought to the area had no result sheets.
She noted that the electoral officer for Isoko South local government could not be reached as the phone number was switched off just as the chairman of All Progressive Congress Isoko South, Barr. John Urete, bemoamed lack of voting materials in some wards in the area.
Ayu maintained that, election cannot hold at Olomoro without the complete voting materials. But the member representing Isoko South constituency 2, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Ferguson Onwo debunked the allegation, noting that the structure and achievements of PDP over the years is enough for the party to win the election in the local government area.