INEC begins announcement of results in Delta state

Gregory Ekpezu, Lagos

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced the Gubernatorial election results of five Local Government council in Delta State, Southern Nigeria.

The five Local Government areas announced are Ethiope East, Patani, Ika South, Ika North and Ukwuani.

So far, the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP are the beneficiary of the people’s goodwill, winning four local councils, while the ruling All Progressive’s Congress won Ethiope East.

Announcing the results, the State Returning Officer, Prof. Seth Accra Jaja said the electoral body did its best to collate the results in Inec’s best practices.

Returning officer of Patani Local council, Prof. Josephine Mokwenye and that of Ika North, Prof. Sam Ikem said the results were authentic and released strictly on the electoral body’s rules.

Meanwhile, The Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in charge of Delta State, Dr. Cyril Omorogbe has confirmed the boat mishap in Warri North Local Government Area that occurred last Saturday during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Speaking in the state capital, Asaba, Omorogbe said both staff and ad-hoc workers of Inec were not involved in the mishap.

According to him “I understand that my staff members are not involved, they were all safe and the ad-hoc staff were safe. The actual details have got to me right now. And I don’t think the mishap affected the materials because it happened later in the day, from what I know,” he said.

The accident reportedly occurred when it was conveying INEC ad-hoc staff, security personnel and electoral materials for the elections.

Conveying about 20 people, the il-fated boat capsized around Ebrohimi community creek in Warri North Local Government Area of the state.

No fewer than 12 persons are said to be missing as at Sunday morning.

A security source said the incident happened when the victims were returning to Koko, the headquarters of Warri North after the end of the exercise on Saturday.

Ime Njoku