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Published On: Thu, Aug 27th, 2015

Tribunal;Fear Grips Okowa’s Camp as INEC Says Gov Score more Votes than Number of Voters

Ifeanyi Okowa and his group are shivering

Ifeanyi Okowa and his group are shivering

LAGOS AUGUST 27TH (URHOBOTODAY)-There is panic and fear in the camp of Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State as the Delta State governorship election petition tribunal, sitting in Asaba, has admitted four key documents, including card readers’ accreditation report, tendered by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The accreditation report submitted by INEC showed that the number of accredited voters for the April 11 governorship election in Delta state was lower than the results announced by electoral officials after the polls.
Two INEC officials – Assistant Director, ICT Department from Abuja headquarters and Chief Planning Officer, Delta State office – were directed to give testimony on the conduct of the April 11 election, following the request by the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Emerhor Otega.
The Delta election, won by Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party, is being challenged by the APC and Mr. Otega.
Apart from the accreditation report, other documents tendered by the INEC officials at the commencement of hearing Wednesday, included, manual for election officials 2015; INEC’s April 2, 2015 press statement making accreditation through use of card readers only mandatory for the governorship elections; and guidelines and regulations for the conduct of 2015 general elections.
In their testimony, the INEC officials said that “all documents tendered were duly certified by INEC, that the card reader has three (3) functions to with; identification of voters, verification of PVC holder and voter’s authentication on Election Day.”
Further, the tribunal was told that “the card readers recorded no sustained failure during the governorship election in delta state and accredited numbers of voters as at April 29th was 709,000 and at the expiration of the shutting down of data upload, the final tally was 715,393.”
But on April 13, Delta State INEC had put the figure of accredited voters at 1,017,796, exceeding actual accreditation number revealed by the admitted report obtained from INEC central server.
In Nigeria’s technology driven 2015 elections, INEC central server generated data real time from card readers across polling units. This was to detect malpractices, especially inflation of numbers.
Announcing Mr. Okowa as the winner of the election on April 13, the Returning Officer, Bio Nyananyo, said the PDP candidate polled 724,680 votes, which translated to 14,980 votes higher than actual number of accredited voters.
Admissibility of the documents and ordering of INEC staff to give testimony on the conduct of the election had been strongly objected by Mr. Okowa, but was dismissed by the tribunal.

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  1. Wadoo Wadoo says:

    The matter don pass be careful for pdp o! Make dem just prepare for re-run because the current mandate no go work at all. Na God hand we deh look for the best for Delta people because the people deh suffer no be small.

  2. oba says:

    this tribunal matter Don too take time ooo….with all the evidence we dey see with our necked eyes show say PDP now get anything to do for this matter..to me ooo…I no believe in all this re-run matter when people dey yan about..every thing clear..so make baba okowan try rest small make the people general show us how papa dey take care of pikin…watin self.we need change ooo. jiga people done make every clear to the public…so now watin baba gummi dey wast time before he go give the final story??…Abi wayo won enter this one again??

  3. Okobish says:

    Little by little the PDP rigging machine is clogging however, we all have to be at alert because PDP is now like a wounded viper and very desperate. EFCC have to be on the look out for emergency swelling of judge’s account because it’s in times like this that PDP Delta State used to arrive at electoral victories in court. We’ve witness it severally: Ibori, Uduaghan and co.

    We pray that this initial victory will not become short-lived. If there’s any state that needs change the most, it’s Delta. Sixteen years of suffering is more than enough.

    We’re watch and waiting with bated breath!

  4. Andy says:

    people of delta don suffered in the hands of people deceive people, all we need is change, make new party come in so that will can know there is money in d state or not, PDP oduagha cover ibori okowa won cover oduagha, holy I don’t put gst or fire.

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