By Emma Amaize & Austin Ogwuda
ASABA- GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State was formally declared as the winner of the April 26 governorship election in the state at about 11.23 am by the Returning Officer, Professor Richard Abhulimen Anao, a former vice chancellor of the University of Benin, UNIBEN, with a total of 525, 793 votes. He won in 13 local governement areas.
Chief Great Ogboru of the Democratic Party, DPP, who put up a good fight came second with 433, 844 votes and he won in 12 local government areas of the state.
Before the Returning Officer finally announced the winner, he called on the agents of the parties to sign the relevant papers, to which the DPP objected to and walked out of the INEC office, Asaba.
Delta State Police Command had earlier, before the announcment of Dr. Uduaghan as winner said that it had got security reports that some members of a political party want to carry out protest in the state if the results of the election did not favour their candidate.
It warned the political party and its members not to disturb public peace in the state and that the police were ready to protect the life and property of the people.
On its part, the DPP called on Deltans to come to the streets of Asaba to protest peacefully against the outcome of the election .
It urged its members not to attack security agents but resist the declaration of Uduaghan as their governor.
Meanwhile, as soon as the results were announced, supporters of DPP took to the streets of Asaba protesting the outcome of the election, alleging they were rigged out.
Security has been beefed up in Asaba with deployment of armed soldiers patrolling the city while the INEC headquarters Asaba was cordoned off.
The protesters marched from Government House axis down Ogbegonogo Market area and other parts of Asaba, chanting war songs with leaves in their hands and calling for the cancellation of the result.
Policemen, also took position at strategic parts of the town.
The protesters, mainly youths, mobilized by the leadership of the DPP, which anticipated that Uduaghan would be declared the winner, were joined by market women.
However, Asaba was calm during the protest, as it was found out that those involved in the protest were mainly DPP faithful who came from Abraka and other parts of the state.