Ede wins DPP primary, faces Agwariavwodo, others in senate bye-election
By Jon Egie
Chief Ede Dafinone has polled a total of 872 votes to emerge as the flag bearer of the DPP for the Delta central senatorial bye-election.
He defeated three others: Abel Oharume who scored 56 votes, Napoleon Gbinije (229 votes) and Richard Odibo (352 votes).
Declaring the results at the end of the primary election held at the Ughelli Kingdom Hall, Tuesday, Sept. 25, the deputy national chairman of the DPP, Gershon Benson who was also the Returning Officer of the election said: “given the results of the election, I hereby declare Ede Dafinone as the winner”. He said a total of 1533 votes were cast with 1509 valid votes and 24 voided votes.
Commenting on his victory, Chief Ede Dafinone said the result of the primary election was a victory for his party, the DPP, and for democracy stressing that the election results were a true reflection of what the DPP stands for, a party where elections are conducted in an orderly manner under a free and fair atmosphere.
Chief Richard Odibo and Chief Napoleon Gbinije could not wait for the declaration of the results but reacting to a question from reporters on the message he (Ede) had for the losers, the party flag bearer said that in any election there must be a winner and at least one looser. “I was in that situation in January 2010 when I lost to the late Senator Ewherido by 17 votes. I felt disappointed but I remained in the party.” He called on all those he defeated to join hands with him in building the DPP to lofty heights.
According to him, people belong to political party because of the party ideals “and my party stands for democratic ideals, justice and economic development.
Asked for the assurance to take the party to victory as flag bearer, Ede Dafinone said “our party is strong at the grassroots, the seat in contention was won by late Senator Pius Ewherido and as the party flag bearer I am going to reclaim the seat back.
Chief Ede Dafinone will face Chief Emmanuel Aguariavwodo who was declared the winner of the PDP primary held in Sapele, same day after polling a total of 334 votes to defeat Chief Andrew Oru (7), Solomon Edoja (2) and Solomon Ediele (8).
In his reaction Chief Abel Oharume who took first from the rear described the election as free and fair and devoid of any malpractice. He pledged to support Chief Ede Dafinone to move the party forward.