By Festus Ahon, Perez Brisibe & Ochuko Akuopha
UGHELLI — SENATOR James Manager of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,, has been declared winner of the Delta South senatorial election with over 346, 000 to beat Prince Yemi Emiko of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who polled over 21,000 votes.
Senator Manager’s victory had made him the highest ranking senator from the South-South region having been first elected to the Senate in 2003.
The PDP candidate for Ughelli North/ Ughelli South/Udu Federal Constituency, Hon. Solomon Awhinahwi, was also declared winner of the election which held last Saturday.
Declaring him winner, the Returning Officer, Professor Greg Okagbare said Awhinahwi won the election having polled a total of 54,766 votes while his closest contender, Mr. Julius Akpovoka of the Labour Party, LP had 38, 735 votes.
Describing the result as a fraud, the APC candidate, Chief Andrew Orugbo, who polled 22,392 votes and his Labour Party, LP, counterpart, Mr. Julius Akpovoka alleged that the RO sustained series of electoral irregularities that trailed the collation of the results right from the various polling units to the point of collation.
In their respective remarks, the LP and APC candidates while promising to reclaim their mandates at the appropriate quarters, urged their supporters against being violence, saying: “We do not want violence and would follow the due process in addressing the matter.”
On his part, Hon. Awhinahwi, who described the election as free and fair, while thanking his constituents, said: “The people of Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu federal constituency have spoken by their votes and this shows that none of my fellow contestants can defeat me at the polls.