By Austin Ogwuda
A former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Pius Ewherido, has said that the January 6 date for the governorship re-run in Delta State “is totally unacceptable,” even as the state police command has promised to mobilize other policemen from outside the state to assist in providing security for the re-run.
State Police command’s Public Relations Officer PPRO, Mr. Charles Muka, told our reporter in Asaba, weekend, that “enough men and logistics would be mobilized from within and outside the state to ensure voters exercised their franchise under a secured environment.”
Ewherido, who is running for the Senate seat in the 2011 polls, while explaining, said the re-run date was not acceptable, because “we were told by Prof. Atahiru Jega that the old voters register was not credible. I am, therefore, at a loss as to how a credible election can be conducted with a register that is not credible. The election will hold in two weeks time and there is no display yet for claims and objections, a clear pointer to the non-preparedness of INEC. It is, therefore, an invitation to electoral malpractices, confusion and crisis for INEC to proceed with elections on January 6.
“The date is totally unacceptable. In the interest of Deltans and Nigeria, a new voters’ register should be compiled for the elections. Delta should not be treated like a distraction to INEC. It is the litmus test of Jega’s transparency, neutrality and capability for a free and fair electoral process,” he added.
Labour Party governorship candidate, Mr Abel Adijala on his part said, “at the last stakeholders meeting in Asaba, the REC of INEC promised that the old voters’ register would be released before the rerun on January 6, 2011. That promise may never be kept as usual.”
Also, Chief Great Ogboru of DPP while addressing a rally in Asaba, weekend, complained that he had since demanded for the voters’ register from INEC “but they said they are working on it. I am asking, how are we going to play a football match without the football?”