By Godwin Oghre
Conflicting views over the postponement of the election is raging among stakeholders in Delta state. While some have applauded the postponement, others have rejected it as being in bad faith.
Foremost among those who hailed INEC for a job well done in postponing the election, is the Sapele based pro-democracy group, Free and Fare Election Campaigners, FFEC. According to the group, the shift was necessary to enable a good number of the masses who have not gotten their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to get them before the new date.
Leader of the group, a Peoples Democratic Party stalwart in the state, Mr Guy Galloway, said, “The time is not ripe at all for the election to take place. The security agencies have warned that the country is experiencing security challenges, which has to be ameliorated before the election.”
Another group, known as, “Buhari Support Group” with headquarters in Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state, however sharply disagreed with the former, saying the postponement was an orchestration of the ruling PDP, and that the postponement was done in bad faith to undo the gains of the All Progressives Congress, APC among the people.
Leader of this group, Chief Ajueshi Isaac Tobore, told Vanguard yesterday, “PDP wants to use the period to plan on how it will rig the election. PDP wants to use the period to intimidate the opposition which is mainly the APC. They have started it in Lagos,” he said.