LP Shocks PDP, APC in Delta, Sacks Elumelu, Reps Minority Leader

…Defeats Governor Okowa, SSG, APC National Publicity Scribe in LGAs/constituencies

Ndudi Elumelu
Ndudi Elumelu

The Labour Party, LP has caused a major political upset in Delta State giving the ruling Peoples Democratic Party a bloody nose, and sacking the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, representing Aniocha and Oshimili Federal Constituency from the lower chamber. Elumelu was first elected in 2007, and lost reelection in 2015, until 2019 when he returned to the House and emerged as the minority leader. His attempt to go in for another term was however stopped by Peter Obi’s Labour Party, whose candidate, Ngozi Okolie was announced winner on Sunday.
The Labour Party is leading in four local government areas in the state so far collated and announced by the state INEC.
Though the vice presidential candidate of PDP and incumbent governor of the state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa won in his local government, Ika North-East, he however lost the entire constituency to the LP. The secretary to the state government, Patrick Ukah, and Senator Peter Nwaoboshi of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, also lost their areas to the Labour Party. While LP garnered 14,929, PDP and APC scored 4,796 and 1,688 respectively.

Like Okowa, James Ibori, a former governor of the state and stalwart of the PDP was lucky to deliver his daughter, Erhiatake Ibori-Suenu for the Ethiope Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, he however lost the local government to the LP.
The lesser known Labour Party in the state also humbled two APC chieftains in their Ika South local government. They are: Cairo Ojougboh, former member of the House of Representatives, and erstwhile Executive Director (Projects) on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC and Felix Morka, national publicity secretary of the APC. While LP polled 17, 868 votes, PDP garnered 7,485, and APC, 3,290.
Worthy of note is that in the Ika federal constituency comprising Ika North-East and Ika South local government areas, the cumulative score of the LP was more than that of the PDP and the APC put together.
According to the result for Ika North-East announced by the electoral officer, EO, James Olisa, PDP scored 16, 696; LP, 8,980, and APC, 1,902.
In Aniocha North, where Elumelu could not deliver the votes to his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, LP polled 11,678; PDP 3,783; and APC 1,146. In Ethiope West, Ibori’s council area also won by the LP with 10,199 votes, PDP and APC scored 5,463 and 3,850 respectively.
In another development, announcement of the result of the presidential election for Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state was delayed following identified discrepancies in figures as read out by the EO for the local government, Dr. James Olisa. Though from the figures released, PDP won the locality, the total figures did not however tally. As a result, the state collation officer for the presidential election, Prof. Owuneri Abraham Georgewill said the result would not be accepted until the figures were reconciled.

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