The gubernatorial and States Houses of Assembly elections held yesterday in Warri and its environs, especially in most parts of Delta Central and South Senatorial district witnessed an unprecedented voters turnout and peaceful conducts.
INEC officials particularly the adhoc staff and security operatives were seen arriving various polling units with electoral materials in Warri, Uvwie, Okpe and Udu Local Government Areas as early as 8;30am to commence voting.
Unlike the Presidential and National Assembly elections where card readers failed and contributed to delay in take off, there was a huge improvement as the electronic devise recoded high rate performance in most of the polling units visited during the yesterday’s election.
Large turnout of voters was a common sight, especially in the rural areas as the locals mostly aged women and women as well as the eligible young boys and girls came out in their numbers to exercise their franchise.
Apart from Ovwian Secondary Schools and a unit in Evwreni both in Udu and Ughelli North council areas where there was a minor disagreement between some party agents which was later resolved, the election recorded peaceful conducts even in places regarded as flashpoint areas.
The intimidating presence of the joint Army and police patrol teams who were stationed at very strategic locations across the senatorial districts to conduct stop and search on vehicles on the road during the election hours cannot be ignored.
The military personnel, particularly the Army were also seen embarking on routine check up on polling units within their coverage areas and hereby boosting the confidence of residents who had anticipated a total breakdown of law and order during the polls.
Speaking to newsmen at Ekiugbo, Ward 12, unit 5, in Ughelli North council area, a PDP Chieftain, Chief Fred Majemite, stated that he was particularly happy with what he has seen do far about the elections.
He noted that the large turnout of voters in the area was a result of the laudable projects the governor had carried out in the communities and the peoples desire to reciprocate this gesture by voting for him enmasse so that he completes his second tenure.
At Evwreni Ward 2 unit 1 in Ughelli North, Dr. Samuel Adjogbe, described the area as predominantly an APC controlled locality, adding that this manifested itself during the February 23, Presidential elections where the party recorded a huge votes.
He explained that reason behind APC domination of the area was as a result of the infrastructural and human capital development programmes the party had been able to do for the people of Delta Central through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the people are so much appreciative of this gestures.
In Olomu Ward 5, unit 2, Ughelli South, Hon. Taleb Tebite, was very satisfied with the voters’ turnout and the conduct of the election, noting that people have come out to massively vote for him and Governor Okowa due to the love they have for both of them.
At Abraka in Ethiope West, the opposition candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Great Ogboru, reaffirmed his confidence to winning the gubernatorial election.
Speaking with newsmen immediately after casting his vote at ward 8, unit 1 at Abraka Grammar School, Abraka, Ogboru described his consistency in the race as a passion to serve his people, noting that he did not join the race this time around to lose.
“According to him, We have gone into the contest because we believe we will win and we will win,” While saying that the election has been peaceful so far, Ogboru noted that there were pockets of violence in some parts of the state, alleging that elections were conducted overnight in private residents of some opposition leaders