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Just Like In 2015, Okowa Mauls Great Ogboru To Win Delta Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Ifeanyi Okowa, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and incumbent Governor of Delta State, as winner of the March, 9, 2019 governorship election.

Okowa polled a total of 925,274 votes to defeat Great Ogboru of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 215,938 votes.

Announcing the final results on Monday at the INEC headquarters in Asaba, Professor Seth Jaja, the state Returning Officer said 2,831,205 people registered to vote in the state.

Accredited voters were 1,188,784, while a total of 1,178,335 votes were cast during the election. There were 1,154,188 valid votes, while 24,147 votes were rejected.

Of the 25 Local Government Areas (LGA), PDP won 23, while APC won two council areas.

It is the second time in two election cycles that Okowa would defeat Ogboru to win the Delta governorship election, although back then in 2015 Ogboru ran under the umbrella of Labour Party (LP), polling 130,028 votes against Okowa’s 724,680 votes.

Meanwhile, the Delta State chapter of the APC has rejected the results of the governorship elections as declared by INEC, calling for the immediate cancelation of the election.

APC also accused PDP of ballot snatching, over voting, buying of votes and impunity.

A statement signed by the Jones Erue, state party’s chairman, and obtained by our correspondent, alleged that the election was marred by violence as three persons were murdered in cold blood, noting that 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 strong-holds.

Erue alleged further that from Delta North to South and Central, PDP thugs “exhibited a rapacious thirst for blood and an eerie appetite for violence as they left many innocent voters in pools of blood. APC further accused security agents of aiding PDP thugs to cart away ballot boxes at the units, wards and collation centres.

The statement read: “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 centres 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.”

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Nigerian Passenger Dies Aboard Delta Airlines Flight From The US To Lagos

A Nigerian, identified as Mr. Nwoke Felix Nwamarizu, has died aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta in the United States on his way to Lagos.

The deceased, 53, and with the passport number A06321653, was said to have developed complications while onboard.

A source close to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) confided in our correspondent that the airport clinic was alerted of the incident about an hour before the arrival of the flight.

The flight it was gathered landed on the runway of the airport at exactly 15:34hrs.

When the aircraft landed, it was gathered that the officials of the airport clinic proceeded on board the aircraft to ascertain the condition of the passenger.

The source explained that the medical team of the airport met with another doctor, a passenger aboard the aircraft simply identified as Lawal, who confirmed the sick passenger was dead before arriving the country.

The onboard doctor was alleged to have said: “The passenger was in a confused state, and could only say his first name (Felix) before he collapsed and was confirmed dead at 08:17hrs in Flight.”

The source stated further that at the airport, the head of the airport clinic also ascertained and confirmed the passenger dead in the presence of the station manager of the airline, Mr. Omeiza, senior aviation security officers and other senior staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

It was gathered that a FAAN ambulance was brought to evacuate the corpse at exactly 16:59hrs, but as of the time of filing this report, the corpse was still at the base station awaiting the necessary documentation and arrival of family members before evacuation to the morgue.

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Adamawa APC Rejects The Result Of Inconclusive Governorship Election

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State has rejected the result of the governorship election.

The party also called for cancellation of more polling units.

Professor Andrew Haruna, Adamawa Returning Officer, had declared the keenly contested governorship election inconclusive on Monday morning.

Haruna premised his decision to declare the conclusion inconclusive on the “margin of lead” guideline. Ahmed Umar Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the election with a margin of 32,476 votes, having polled 367,471 votes against incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the APC’s 334,995 votes.

At a press briefing in Yola on Monday evening, Comrade Mustapha Salihu, the APC National Vice Chairman (North-East), called for a probe of some election officials, saying “we strongly feel this election was marred with irregularities”.

He said: “We want to bring it to the notice of the public that we reject these results as they have been received. We have itemized the local governments that card readers were not used, there were over voting and intimidation of our agents.

“Sadly, our petitions were rejected at the unit, ward and local government collation levels; in fact, our petitions to some extent were rejected at the state collation centre. It’s evident that the whole process has been compromised. We saw the sign from the presidential election”.

Mustapha accused security agents of colluding with officials of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to compromise the process.

“We have four wards in Song, where results were not collated and presented at the ward centre. Some soldiers whisked away the collation officer and later they exchanged vehicles with the police who escorted him to the state collation centre. As a party we are asking for cancellation of more polling units, especially in Demsa, Hong, Guyuk, Numan, Lamurde and Madagali Local Government Areas.”

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