Mr Sheriff Oborevwori of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won the Delta State Governorship poll, putting paid to APC’s Senator Ovie Omo-Agege’s ambition of clinching the seat.
Oborevwori, the current speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, polled 360,234 votes to defeat 34 other governorship candidates.
Omo-Agege, who is currently the Deputy Senate President, got 240,229 votes to place second.
In a congratulatory message, the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Delta State, Dr. Goodnews Agbi, said although his supporters were disenfranchised from exercising their civic responsibility, he has come to accept the outcome of the election.
He said he had accepted the wish and decision of the people of the state who have spoken loudly through the ballot on Saturday March 18.
“I have reviewed the outcome of 2023 governorship election held on Saturday March 18 in Delta State. From our reviews, scores of our supporters were disenfranchised during the election across the 25 local government councils. INEC rigged NNPP out abinitio.
“Also, our party logo was not visible and almost eventually missing on the ballot papers thereby creating confusion among our supporters who troop out in their large numbers to freely exercise their will and cast their votes for our party.
“We also received reports from our agents and supporters across the state about mass malpractice, especially obvious vote buying. This, we considered, as undemocratic plot to circumvent the will of our people.
“However, our party and my campaign council will review this INEC deliberate disenchantment of supporters and total outcome of the election with a view to seeking legal redress of this INEC ineptitude. I however congratulate Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Delta State Governor-elect, who was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“We joined the race because we observed that Deltans are not happy with the current trajectory of underdevelopment and lack of accountability in the state.
“We expect the governor-elect to change these narratives and trajectory by being accountable and judicious with our state resources,” he said.
Agbi, however, used the opportunity to thank Deltans, particularly NNPP members for the support they accorded him during the electioneering campaigns and election day across the 25 local government area of the State.