The Police in Delta State has confirmed the death of a chairmanship candidate in the All Progressives Congress ward congresses in Ughelli South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Spokesman of the Delta State Police Command, Andrew Aniamaka, revealed that Jeremiah Oghoveta, was stabbed to death during the exercise at Jeremi Ward 3, Okwagbe. The deceased it was learnt, was stabbed to death by one Tete Pippah.
Mr Pippah who is at large at the time of filing in this report, was said to have attacked Mr Ogheveta during an argument that ensued when the deceased accused him of hijacking the electoral materials meant for the congresses in the area.
It was further learnt that the deceased and the alleged assailant belonged to different factions of the party in the area. Also, there were reported cases of ballot-box snatching during the exercise at Ogor and Orogun Wards 1 and 2 in respectively Ughelli North LGA.
It was learnt that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were not present for the exercise in Ward 5, Ovu in Ethiope LGA.
It was also learnt that the leaders of the ward decided to conduct the election for the candidates, using Option A4 after waiting in vain for the INEC officials.
One of the three contestants for the chairmanship reportedly stepped down, leaving the contest for the other two candidates.
Reacting to the protest that greeted the outcome of the exercise, a former labour leader who is from the area, Frank Kokori, told journalists that the issue would be resolved amicably.
Acccording to him, the contestants are “brothers.” Another chieftain of the party in the state, O’tega Emerhor, described the exercise at Evwreni Ward 8, Ughelli North LGA, as peaceful.
According to him, APC is poised to entrench the principle of internal democracy in order to have a stronger party that can take over the state in 2019.
“Based on the reports that I have got concerning the exercise, things went on smoothly and peacefully,” he said.