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Delta Decides: Okowa says will emerge victorious



Between election violence and the spoils of office

As governorship and State House of Assembly elections have been going on smoothly without any recorded violence in Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed confidence that he will emerge victorious at the end of the exercise.

Governor Okowa spoke to newsmen yesterday shortly after casting his vote at about 8:40 am at his Ward 2, Unit 3, Omi Primary School, Owa-Alero in Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor, adorned with white long sleeve shirt, white trouser, white fez cap and black shoes was accompanied to the voting centre by his wife, Dame Edith and his children who voted in different polling units in the same Ward 2.

According to the governor, “By the grace of God, I will emerge victorious; I have partnered with Deltans, I have worked with them, and by God’s grace, a lot of them will vote for me.”

“The only thing we are doing is to ensure that those who planned to use thugs to disrupt the elections will be handled by the security agencies because, aside plans to disrupt the elections, it would be a no contest situation,” Governor posited.

He continued, “so far, the electoral process is peaceful, and we pray to God that it remains peaceful; people are coming out in their large numbers to cast their votes, a lot of votes have been cast already despite the fact that it is still very early in the day; we hope that the voting process remains peaceful across the state.”

On his assessment of the elections, the governor said, “I believe the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has done well, everything appears to be working well, but, the day is just starting and of course, we are still perfecting our system but, the best thing is the effectiveness of the response to handle any challenge as they occur by the INEC officials.”

“INEC did well to deploy a lot of youth corpers at each polling unit, that has made the job easy as they assist themselves, we can see that there is a lot of assistance to each other”, Okowa asserted.

He further expressed the hope that such would be replicated across the state.

Nigerian Pilot gathered that voting commenced at exactly 8 am at the polling stations.

On his part, the incumbent member representing Ika North-East state constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly and Candidate of PDP for Ika North-East, Hon. Anthony Elekekwuri expressed satisfaction with the entire process, hoping that he will emerge the winner at the end of the exercise.

Some polling stations visited by Nigerian Pilot including Agadagidi Civic Centre Umunede, Issele-Uku Ward 7, Unit 4 and Unit 5, amongst others.

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