Guber Election: Delta Women Protest Uduaghan's Victory
Just as Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state and his supporters took to the streets in celebration of his victory at the governorship polls in the state, a group of placard carrying protesters also took to the street in protest against his victory. The protesters who are sympathetic of the candidate of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) carried mock coffins of the governor and palm fronds to express their grievances.
The two incidents happened in Warri, Delta state. While those in support of the governor's victory celebrated him at Ugbuwangue area of Warri and prayed for long life and wisdom to rule the state, the protesters, mostly women and youths displaying placards, said the caskets, which were conveyed in a vehicle, were for the entombment of Uduaghan, his deputy, Prof Amos Utuama and the PDP government in the state.
The protesting women who started their protest from the residence of the former governor of the defunct Mid-west region, Major General David Ejoor (rtd), later marched from Deco Road, Warri to other parts of the city, chanting anti-Uduaghan songs and claiming that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, rigged the April 26 governorship poll in favour of the governor.
Responding to the protest, Delta State Commissioner for Orientation and Communication, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, described the protesters as rented.
According to him, the battle was fought and lost at the polling booths on April 26.
"Deltans have given their verdict and I advise desperate politicians not to use innocent people to cause confusion in the state," he said while advising that those who are dissatisfied with the outcome of the election should seek the face of the tribunal when it is eventually set up.