By Hugo Odiogor
No fewer than nine persons, suspected to have played principal roles in the electoral malpractices and violence that rocked the April 9 National Assembly elections in Delta North Senatorial District of Delta State, have been arrested by the Police.
Vanguard learnt that the suspects would be prosecuted in accordance with the Electoral Act, 2010.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, confirmed this, yesterday, in Abuja, when he resisted moves by some party chieftains to have the suspects released on grounds of enforcing their fundamental human rights before the court of law.
The suspects were alleged involved in snatching of ballot boxes, illegal thumb-printing of ballot papers, impersonating members of the National Youth Service Corps, beating up Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Godson Echiegile and holding hostage, the Ika Federal Constituency Returning Officer, Dr. Godwin Avwioro, at gun point, to declare prepared false election results.
The suspects were alleged to have participated in falsifying the election result in the Ika North East Local Government Area, where the PDP senatorial candidate, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, was accredited with over 20,000 votes as against the about 4,000 votes scored by his rival, Prince Ned Nwoko of Democratic Peoples Party, DPP.
During the botched National Assembly election in Ika Federal constituency, Chief Victor Nwokolo, of Accord Party, was said to have defeated Mrs. Doris Oboh of PDP, Dr. Isioma Okoba of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and Festus Chukwuyem of DPP.