CIVIL UNREST TRAIL INEC DECLARATION OF UDUAGHAN
By: Jon Egie
Reminiscent of the outcome of the governorship election in Delta, civil unrest in the protest of the election results declared by INEC has ignited in Asaba, Warri and Ughelli.
The INEC had on Thursday, April 28, declared incumbent governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan of the PDP as the winner of the governorship election held on April 26 with 525, 793 votes to defeat Great Ogboru of the DPP who INEC said scored 433, 834.
The election results were delayed until Thursday, April 28 after the results of 21 LGAs in the state had been declared by the electoral body earlier on Wednesday.
The postponement of the announcement of the result in the remaining four LGAs to the next day prompted Deltans especially supporters of the DPP candidate to suspect that plans for the rigging of the election were already in progress.
When about 11:30am on Thursday, the election results was finally declared to the effect that the PDP secured 13 LGAs and DPP 12 LGAs with an overall winning margin of 91, 959 votes in favour of the PDP, the majority of the electorates in Delta state were shocked.
The streets of Delta state ranging from Asaba, Warri, Sapele, Ughelli wore a mournful state and as if nature did not accept the results announced by INEC, the weather changed and an unprecedented down pour of rain which later broke the high temperature of the scorching sunlight that had prevailed drove every one to their hiding.
The brief rainfall contained the excesses of PDP members who had trooped into the streets of Ughelli to celebrate the victory of governor Uduaghan, but in Asaba and Warri, reports said moves to embark on mass protest of the election results were gathering momentum.
At about 17:42 hours, there were reports of groups of youths who mobilize to protest the election results as announce by INEC in Ughelli.
Although there were attempts by the Police to disperse the protesters, it was learnt that the youths snubbed every threat by the Police to fire at them saying they preferred to die than be enslaved by Uduaghan.
As at the time of this report, the dimension the protest would take could not be ascertained in the subsequent days.