It may be difficult for the victory claimed by Hon Ndudi Elumelu in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives primary for Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency, Delta State to stand because of the discrepancy in the process, a party chieftain has said.
There was a stalemate in the October 3 primary election instead of the victory being claimed by Elumelu, the party chief said.
The primary was between Elumelu, who is trying to return to the House which he left in 2015 after spending eight years and Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor, who is bidding to retain her seat after a term.
There were inaccuracies in the tally of the ballot after the primary, officials said, adding that Elemelu ought not to have claimed victory.
Indications that all was not well with the voting was strengthened by figures quoted by Elumelu in which he claimed that he scored 254 votes to Mrakpor’s 242. The former lawmaker made the claim on his verified Facebook page and other media platforms.
The figure, however, contrasts with the result announced by the PDP returning officer which declared Elumelu winner with 266 votes to Mrakpor’s 226. Peter Onwusanya, the third candidate and former speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, secured 13 votes which 18 votes were classified as void.
Although the number of people on the official delegates lists was 509, the party gave approval for one disabled person to be included from each of the four local governments in the constituency, bringing the number of the delegates to 513. At the end of the accreditation, however, 491 people were announced while a head count showed 506 present.
The different numbers were not resolved at the time voting was allowed to commence.
However, the total votes that were said to have been declared at the state police headquarters, Asaba where Elumelu’s assumed votes were counted five hours after the disruption at the accredited venue of the election was 524, representing 18 votes more the number of accredited delegates.
Besides, of the 491 delegates accredited and the 506 announced by head count, it was learnt that seven people were not present to vote at the primary.