Re-run: Tension mounts as Delta APC alleges military intimidation

By Ogba O. Ogba, Warri

Ahead of the House of Assembly re-run election in four units (Units 009, 027, 026, and 008) of Burutu State Constituency 1, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bututu local area, Delta State has allegedly planned military intimidation of APC faithful in the affected areas.

In a press statement signed by the chairman and secretary of APC Burutu local government area, Comrade Moni Seikemiengha and Engr. Beke P. Black respectively alleged that Governor Sheriff Oborevwori had instructed to place gunboats in the affected four units to intimidate Hon. Alapala’s supporters on the day of the re-run election.

The press statement read in part, “It has come to our notice that it’s humanly impossible for PDP to regain the Burutu State constituency 1 Assembly seat and that they have resolved to invoke desperation by all means possible.

“A source who pleaded anonymity alleged that Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori had instructed to place gunboats in the affected four Units to intimidate Hon. Alapala’s supporters that day for PDP to have their way.

“Also, boys are recruited to cause a bloodbath if the election doesn’t go their way.

“Another source who didn’t want his name mentioned revealed that Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori is not comfortable with Hon. Guwor Emomotimi’s Speakership of the Delta State House of Assembly. His emergence is out of necessity.

“That, Hon. Asupa Forteta was the person originally penned down for the speakership position. Hon. Michael Dedien AKA Ejele who lost the Delta State senatorial seat has persistently urged Gov. Sheriff to sustain the structure that projected him to be governor by returning Hon. Asupa by a sinistical approach.

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“Information in our archive infer that Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori has given a matching order and tied appointees’ would-be appointments to this election”.

It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC has declared a re-run in Units 009, 027, 026, and 008 of Burutu State Constituency 1, and the timetable is slated for 3rd February 2024 for the candidate of APC, Hon. Alapala Anthony Ebitonmo and candidate of PDP, Hon. Asupa Forteta.

While clamoring for peaceful, free, fair, and credible elections, the duo of the chairman and secretary said that Gov. Sheriff Oborevwori is poised to introduce do-or-die elections in Burutu Local government area.

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