HardReporters has reliably gathered that governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has directed the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission, (DSIEC), to concede victory to All Progressive Congress, (APC), candidates in wards belonging to three APC leaders, Ovie Omo-Agege, senator representing Delta central senatorial district in the national Assembly, O’tega Emerhor, and Great Ogboru in the just concluded rescheduled local government elections in Ughelli North council.
Confiding in our correspondent, a DSIEC commissioner disclosed that, governor Okowa has directed the commission’s chairman, Mike Ogbodu to make sure that the three APC leaders be given their wards in the just concluded rescheduled local government elections in Ughelli North council.
“The commission met yesterday for several hours over this issue based on the governor’s directives but on a second thought, you know the APC boycotted the rescheduled elections in Ughelli North and Ethiope East local government areas, so, on what basis are we conceding such victory when they did not participate in the elections. So, that has been the issue on ground now. However, should that happens, it should not come as a surprise to anyone because nothing is impossible.” the commissioner said.
On the issue of the Onicha-Olona ward 5 where results showed that the APC candidate won, “There is nothing the commission can do because the commission’s chairman has already reeled out the statistics and reversing himself after declaring PDP candidate winner in that ward will be counter productive. Our advise for the APC candidate in that ward 5 is to explore all the possible available avenues created by the already inaugurated tribunal.” the commissioner stated.
Our correspondent however learnt that the APC has concluded plans to reject the offers been proposed by the commission following the governor’s directives.