By FESTUS AHON, UGHELLI
THE Delta Central PDP rerun primaries, yesterday ended in fiasco, following the invasion of the Ughelli township stadium venue of the exercise by armed youths suspected to be supporters of one of the contenders.
Delegates, officials of the PDP who came from Abuja to conduct the elections, scampered for safety, following sporadic shooting by the aggrieved armed thugs.
The ravaging youths, who dared the heavy presence of security agents, forced their way into the stadium undermined the presence of the State Deputy Governor, Prof Amos Utuama and four local government council chairmen.
Our correspondent who was at the venue of the aborted election, reports that there was no casualty, adding that only Uvwie Local Government Area had voted when the protest that stalled the election started.
Trouble started when it got to the turn of Sapele local government, following the allegation raised by Chief Charles Obule, Mr. John Agoda, Chief Elizabeth Ogbon Day and Chief Bernard Edewor that the delegates list was doctored from Abuja and should not be used in the rerun election.
On their parts, the members representing Okpe and Sapele Local Government constituencies in the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Efe Afe and Chief Monday Igbuya argued that the list was not doctored, saying that it was the list of the party’s 2008 congress.
According to them, the party in the State had not conducted another congress after the 2008 congress, reiterating that the delegates list was drawn from that congress of 2008.
The intervention of the State Deputy Governor, Prof Amos Utuama who was present at the primary election could not save the situation as the contestants engaged in hot exchange of words, pointing accusing fingers at one another. The primary was earlier held on the 11th of January, 2011.