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Large turnout as postponed elections hold in Delta LG

As Uduaghan expresses satisfaction with electoral process

By Festus Ahon, Egufe Yafugborhi, Akpokona Omafuaire, Godwin Oghre, Perez Brisibe & Ochuko Akuopha

ASABA—AS Nigerians await the results of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections, the polls were, yesterday held in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, even though voting materials arrived late in the area.

Also on Saturday, materials arrived late to most of the wards and polling units in Udu, while enthusiastic voters were all out waiting to get accredited and to cast their votes.

There was, however, an incident at Aladja where over 13,000 registered voters were on the verge of being disenfranchised following tension generated by under- delivery of materials meant for the House of Representatives election in the community.

Onyo Leo, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, official sent to the Aladja Ward 10, explained: “I was not the one sent there on Saturday. When I took over Sunday, I was given the initial materials and only got there to discover that there was a shortfall of about 3,000 ballot papers for the House of Reps election.”

Meanwhile, the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has expressed satisfaction with the turnout of voters for the presidential elections held Saturday.

Addressing newsmen shortly after voting at Unit 1, Ward 6, Abigborodo, in Warri North Local Government Area of the state, Uduaghan observed that though accreditation commenced late, the turnout of voters for the elections was impressive.

At Otovwodo Primary School, Ughelli, where the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Steve Oru, voted, accreditation started at 10a.m. Speaking to newsmen moments after he was accredited, Oru, said: “The card reader is not functioning well, it took a long time to capture me and the same process is going on in other places.”

In Okpare-Olomu, where voting materials arrived at 4p.m., Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, said: “I am very angry and sad. Voting is supposed to stop in the next couple of hours. I’m here I have not been accredited to vote. The community is full, people have been waiting since 6a.m., to vote. We don’t know what is happening now.”

At Ovwor-Olomu, Olorogun John Oguma, said: “This is after 3p.m., and nothing is going on now. The deputy governor is from here. I was listening to the news just now, and the President said the governor of Delta State called the governor of Anambra State also, and they were complaining. Anambra is not a PDP state. Why must Gen Muhammadu Buhari spend less than five minutes for accreditation and the President of Nigeria could not be accredited within 10 minutes. Four card readers failed.”

Similarly, the South-South Zonal Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, who voted at polling unit 2 in Ward 6, Alihami, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of the state, expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the people.

On the card reader, Ojougboh urged Nigerians to bear with INEC and expressed concern that it was being used for experimentation in a crucial and decisive election like the presidential election. He, however, charged the people to remain calm and peaceful.

 


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