By Godwin Udoh, Asaba
Delta State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Cyril Omorogbe has said that there is no court judgement forwarded to the Independent Electoral commission (INEC) disqualifying All Progressive Congress (APC) Delta South Senatorial candidate, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan from participating the Saturday general election.
Dr. Omoregbe disclosed this today while briefing the press of the commission’s preparedness to conduct Saturday general election.
According to Omoregbe,“ There is no court judgement forwarded to the Independent Electoral commission (INEC) disqualifying All Progressive Congress (APC) Delta South Senatorial candidate, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan from participating the Saturday general election.
‘‘I am only aware of the case of eight wards in Burutu that later came to 10. We have postponed the matter until after elections. I will not talk much about the court case in Ethiope West (involving Hon. Halim Agoda, a former member of the House of Representatives and Chief Edojah) until I get information from the high command of the commission. We are not aware of any other judgement.”
He affirmed that the Commission rescheduled election 23rd Fedruary and 9th March, 2019 respectively, said election may not hold if all the sensitive materials are not in place.
He further revealed that materials such as card reader and other materials have been received by the commission, and as we are waiting for others, they would be distributed on Thursday.
While he debunked the rumour that his deployment to Delta State was influenced by APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, added that he is in Delta State to conduct free and fair election and abide by the electoral act.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also disclosed that, we are not where of any judgement of an Abuja High Court that nullified the senatorial ticket of the immediate past Governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduagha.
He said the electoral materials that were sent to Asaba INEC Headquaters from Abuja were turned back because they were labelled with misleading addresses.
“ For exmple we found out that some materials that were labelled Edo came to Delta. Others that were with minor errors, like hand-written corrections, were also rejected and returned to Abuja for appropriate ones” he stated.
The REC further added that, postponement of last Saturday presidential and national Assembly elections was in favour of the commission, maintaining that the commission has since converted it to its advantage, insisting that the “the reconfiguration of the card readers was to enhance its performance.”