By Emma Amaize & Festus Ahon
THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Asaba, postponed to October 12 the bye-election to fill the Delta Central senatorial seat in the National Assembly, earlier scheduled for October 5 due to non-readiness of sensitive election materials.
Delta State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dame Gesila Khan, who broke the news of the postponement to party chairmen, leaders and candidates, at a meeting in INEC office, Asaba, appealed for their understanding.
The position became vacant following the death of Senator Pius Ewherido, who won the seat on the platform of the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP.
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, who confirmed this, yesterday, said, “Yes, we are aware the bye-election had been postponed, they have just called us for a meeting to inform us, they said it is for reasons beyond their immediate control.
“As a party, we are not opposed to it, we are ready for the election at any time”.
His DPP counterpart, Chief Tony Ezeagwu, asserted, “We are just leaving INEC office from a meeting where they announced that the bye-election has been postponed from October 5 to 12.
“We went with our candidate, we are ready for the election, the Resident Commissioner said the postponement was due to the fact that sensitive materials were not ready, we are just leaving INEC office as you are speaking with me now”.
Labour Party, LP, chair, Mr. Emeka Nkwoala, also said his party was aware of the postponement, adding, “We inquired whether it will not have a breach on the constitutional period of 30 days within which the National Assembly conveyed the vacancy to INEC, but INEC’s legal adviser quoted relevant portions of the law to back up the action.”
Some of the candidates jostling for the seat are the former managing director of Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Chief Emmanuel Aguariavwodo – PDP; chartered accountant and partner at Horwath Dafinone, Chief Ede Dafinone – DPP; chartered accountant and insurance guru, Olorogun O’Tega Emerhor, All Progressives Congress, APC; and former Secretary of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Chief (Barrister) Andrew Osawota.