By Austin Ogwuda
DELTA State Police Command has called on politicians to always conduct themselves in an orderly manner by not breaching the peace, saying that it used wisdom and maturity to handle the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries held in Asaba, weekend, for the election of the Delta North senatorial candidate of the party, when the exercise at a point turned riotous.
Delta State Police Public Relations Officer told our reporter in response to a question on whether anybody was arrested in connection with the riotous situation, where chairs and every available missile were thrown, said “no, we are were careful because before you know it, we (police) would be accused of taking sides. We were firmly on the ground and ensured that it did not get out of hand.”
At the end of the exercise, former Secretary to the Delta State Government, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa was declared the winner by the Returning Officer, Benedict Tawu, who announced that Okowa polled a total of 1,446 votes to beat her closest rival, Dr. Marian Ali, who scored 108 votes.
But in a sharp reaction, the state chairman of PDP told our reporter that he cannot authentic the result because the electoral panel denied him access to the delegates’ list used for the primaries.
According to Nwaoboshi, “I didn’t see the list they used in conducting the election. I demanded for it to compare with what we had here during the congress we held in 2008, but they (electoral panel) refused to bring out the list.”