LG election boycott: APC knew they would be defeated says Edevbie
By Jon Egie
Expected, with the boycott of the local government election by the major opposition party, the APC, the PDP is ready to savour victory at the polls.
Across various voting units in Ughelli Town, the voting process progressed peacefully although the turnout was low but in Afiesere, home of the APC candidate a huge number of voters were sighted voting. In Ofuoma, Oteri and Ekiugbo a large number of the electorate were also carrying out their civic duty.
The boycott of the re-run LG election by the APC is due to the overwhelming evidence that they would be defeated and hence they resolved not to participate in the election.
This was the remark of Olorgun David Edevbie, Hon Commissioner of Finance when he fielded questions from journalists shortly after casting his vote in Afiesere town.
He said the large turn-out of voters to cast their votes for the PDP was an indication of how the pendulum would swing in 2019.
“I think it is unfortunate that the opposition party (APC), decided not to come out but I understand why, in the face of overwhelming evidence that they will be defeated I think they felt it would be easier for them to stay out.”
He expressed satisfaction with the turn-out of Afiesere people for the election saying Afiesere community is a PDP community. He also expressed satisfaction and commended DSIEC for the way and manner they conducted the election.
He said the majority of people in Afiesere community were disappointed that a few members of the community wanted to deny them of their right to vote in respect to the violence that marred the Saturday, Jan.6 Election Day. But with the re-run scheduled for Tuesday, Jan.9, the people demonstrated that they have a right to vote.
Olorogun Edevbie identified the APC candidate, Mr Evans Akponana as his brother but stressed that the issue was not a personal affair but was based on what the people wanted.
“In fact, when I wanted to cast my vote I jokingly said I want to vote for APC and the people screamed in protest saying it must be PDP. So, it is not about me but about the collective decision of the people.
“What happened on Saturday, Jan 6, was an aberration. PDP was not prepared for violence. We wondered why they were not campaigning and we saw the reason why they did not campaign. I have always advised the electorate to vote their conscience. They can see what PDP has done for them and what other parties have not done for them. We are not perfect and I am sure my people want a lot more to be done but at least we have done something and that is why they have come out in large number to support us.” Edevbie said.