- Some members of the All Progressives Congress have embarked on a protest in Delta state
- The protesters - women - said they are protesting the mass rigging that occurred during the just concluded local government election in the state
- The women called on chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party to return their 'stolen' mandate
Some workers of the Okpe local government area council of Delta state were locked out from their offices by female members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The women, in their hundreds protested what they described as mass rigging in the just concluded local government election in the state, the Independent reports.
They blocked the main entrance of the council’s secretariat as early as 7am on Tuesday, January 9, preventing workers from gaining access into the premises.
The party members who carried a casket containing names of some PDP chieftains in the locality, vowed to remain at the secretariat for the next seven days until their mandate is giving to them.
It was gathered that one of the councillorship candidates, Victor Esivwenughu, who contested under APC in Okpe Ward 9 had pleaded with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and other PDP chieftains who allegedly stole his mandate to return it without delay.
Esivwenughu said the APC councillorship candidates won the election but the votes were upturned to favour his PDP opponents.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Delta state chapter of the APC had said the party would not participate in local government election rerun in Ughelli North and Ethiope East local government areas.
The ruling party alleged that the Saturday, January 6, LG polls were marred by fraud and other irregularities, and is calling for a cancellation of the results.
The APC also declared its willingness to participate in any free and fair election in all the 25 LGAs.
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