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Delta bye-election: APC faults PDP over card reader failure

By Adewuyi Simeon

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Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has disagreed over card reader failure in Delta bye-election.

While speaking with Journalists on Saturday, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Isoko North Local Government Area, Goodness Agbi lamented the failure of the card readers in some of the polling units during the bye-election to fill the vacant seat at the state House of Assembly.

The APC chieftain, alleged that the failure of the card readers was a calculated attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to thumbprint ballot papers.

According to him, “In Ozoro Ward 2, they tore the clothes off one of our agents and it is a deliberate plan of the PDP to thumbprint,”.

Meanwhile the Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Media, Mr Nelson Egware, in his swift response stated that PDP should not be blamed for the failure of the card readers.

He said, “When someone is falling, he usually looks for something to hold on to.

“In my unit, card readers are working and people are voting, there is nothing like thumb printing of ballot papers.

“l believe that it is the same thing across the wards in the constituency,” Egware said.

However, the Chairman, PDP in Isoko North Local Government Area, Mr Godwin Ogorugba, expressed total satisfaction with the turnout of voters.

The by-election was for the vacant Delta House of Assembly seat created by the death of Tim Owhefere, its former Majority Leader, in January at the age of 57.

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