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Delta: Gov rerun: Uduaghan leads •Jega confirms ballot box snatching

SUSPENSE and apprehension, these were the two words that played out in Delta State as voters turned out on Thursday in the gubernatorial rerun ordered by the Court of Appeal, Benin City, Edo State.

Results so far from the rerun show a race between former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Chief Great Ogboru of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP).

Checks in the state revealed that so far, the PDP won overwhelmingly in Ika North East; Ika South; Aniocha South; Oshimili North; Ethiope West; Ndokwa East; Aniocha North and Warri North.  The PDP also won all Ijaw local government areas: Bomadi, Burutu and Patani. Uduaghan won Patani Local Government with over 7,000 votes.

According to online agency reports, authentic INEC results from Ika South, PDP polled 5,476 votes, while DPP polled 2,760.

In Ukwani Local Government Area, PDP polled 2, 248, while DPP polled 7,168. In Ika North-East, PDP polled 14,360, while DPP polled 2,604.

Results also show that the DPP (Ogboru) won in Oshimili South; Ndokwa West and Uvwie local governments.

However, according to the chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, who admitted he faced serious challenges in the Delta election, the results of the election would be released as soon as all collation has been made from the wards down to the local governments in the state and warned against relying on any result that is not of INEC.

“Until INEC releases the result it is not final,” he stated, confirming that there were incidents of ballot box snatching.

There was a massive turnout of voters. Election materials arrived on time in some of the polling units, but in some others, they came a bit late, but within the stipulated time set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Voting also took place simultaneously without any hitch but for missing names of some of the electorate in the voter register which sparked protests in some polling units.

Voting also took place simultaneously without any hitch, but for missing names of some of the electorate in the voter register, which sparked protests in some polling units.

Election materials left Isiokolo, the headquarters of Ethiope East, quite early but arrived late to some units in Abraka like Ekrejeta unit.

The materials eventually came and were distributed to the various polling units about 10:30 a.m, with voting commencing at some units at exactly 12 noon.

At Eku and Abraka urban, Nigerian Tribune observed long queues of voters in the University town and campus 2 at units 7 and 8 including units 9, 10 and 11 in Urhoaka area.

In Ughelli North Local Government Area, the chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, ordered the cancellation of the rerun over non-availability of voting materials at various polling booths.

Professor Jega, who was on an  assessment tour of the exercise, frowned on the situation in the area.

At Sapele, there were reported cases of ballot box snatching resulting in clashes among supporters of the three major candidates.

The security agents, however, rose to the occasion to ensure the situation did not get out of hand.

Security report indicated that there was peaceful election in Kwale in the Ndokwa axis.

Meanwhile, the PDP running mate in the rerun, Professor Amos Utuama, has commended the peaceful conduct of the polls.

Utuama, who cast his vote at 12.53 p.m at Unit 4 of Jeremi Ward in Ughelli South Local Government Area, made the remark while fielding questions from reporters after casting his vote.

He commended the INEC and the various security agencies for the orderly manner voters conducted themselves at the unit.

In Isoko area of the state, the stronghold of PDP, many voters identified with pineapple logo of DPP.

However, former chairman of Isoko South Local Government Area, Chief Josiah Iroro, was optimistic that PDP would win the election.

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