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Heads May Roll As Battle For Delta Community Leadership Thickens

Ahead of the February 8, 2020, election in Ekiugbo community, Ughelli north local government area of Delta state, there is rising tension over threats to life.

Palpable fear of wanton crisis and pandemonium have envelope the once peaceful community as the Electoral Committee and elders of the community received threats from faceless persons within the community.

Trouble started when the Electoral Screening Committee questioned documents submitted by some persons vying for elective positions in the community.

It was reliable gathered that one of the aspirants for the position of President General (name withheld), in the forthcoming Community's election allegedly submitted questionable credentials to the Screening Committee.

The President General of the community, Comrade Emmanuel Ovwigho said members of the Electoral Committee are well selected and he has confidence in them, adding that the Constitution of the Community is the parameter to screening aspirants for the forthcoming election.

Hear him: “The minimum qualification required from those contesting is five passes grade not more than two sitting anything outside will not be accepted.

“Gone are those days when you use thugs and nuisances to rule a community, we educated and cool headed persons to rule the community so that meaningful development can come to the community”.

While commenting on the alleged fake certificate submitted by some of the aspirants he said, “The Electoral Committee has been given guidelines to follow, all credentials submitted will be subject to vverification and anyone discover to be forged, stand disqualified".

He said that anything done outside the constitution of the community which serves as the guideline for the conduct of the election would not be accepted, he warned all aspirants to go about their campaigns in a manner that is devoid of calumny and crisis, threatening strict sanction on anyone found disobeying the constitution of the community.

Earlier, he said that the positions to be contested are zoned to the various quarters in the community, for the position of the President General, "it has been zoned to Oghara and Ogbeki quarters and two aspirants Mr. Eric Akpovoka and Mr. Bernard Baker, are from there".

Also speaking to our correspondent, Pa Onokurherefe Wilson, said that there are couples of hands in the community trying to ferment trouble so that the community would not have free and fair election, warning the perpetrators to desist from it or they are should be ready to face the full weight of the law.

Meanwhile, an aspirant in the forthcoming election, has accused one of the aspirants contesting for the position of President General of allegedly submitting fake NTI Certificate obtained and signed by Professor Patrick Muoboghare in 2015 whereas the last set of students that obtained ordinary level certificate was 2006/2007 set, saying that NTI ordinary level was abolished in 2007.

He urged the electoral officers to publish the lists of those with fake certificates, insisting that they should be disqualified to serve as a deterrent to others.

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Delta Ekiugbo Electoral Screening Committee Emmanuel Ovwigho Ughelli


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