Tension in Delta community over town union leadership election
By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The proposed Ododegho Community Development Election in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta state has been postponed following security threats, has deepened the crisis
It was gathered that the postponement of the election indefinitely by the electoral Committee Chairman over palpable security threats and possibly break down of law and order in the Community, especially in face of increasing insecurity in the country.
Recall that the election which was held on February 1, 2020, was postponed as the presence of the Combined Security agents could not douse the tension that was heightened in the Community.
Sources alleged that crisis has been brewing over the years following struggle by various persons in the Community for the leadership position but residents of the Community who spoke to Journalists on condition of anonymity described the struggle for their selfish end, adding that no meaningful developments have been had in the Community.
But the Chairman of the electoral Committee, Mr Okpako Emonena in his speech said’ the election in Ododegho Community is postponed because of the tension in the area, during the accreditation process, Suspected hoodlums disrupted the process by Collecting our accreditation materials from those that were assigned to do the work.
Entrance to the election venue was destroyed giving room for uncredited persons to gain entrance and we found out that that if we conducted the election under that tense Condition,we may not arrive at the Credibility which was the aim hence we had to postpone it further notice”.
In his reaction, one of the presidential candidates, Jacob Onokpasa said” infact,I am not happy over the postponement because I discovered that it was due to the reaction of my opponents, alleging that” my opponents instigated what led to the postponement because they knew we will win them and that fear made them to petition us to Asaba. While I am not happy with this second postponement, I will appeal to our supporters to remain calm because any day the election is fixed, we shall come out victorious”
Also speaking, Mayor Egajivwie, a presidential candidate said” You saw what happened today, the people of Ododeghe Community are tied of stagnation, the Community has decided that the time has passed for a single person to be dictating affairs and others will follow and I bet you if the election is Conducted 100 times, we will win because all we are saying is that Ododeghe Community should move forward, I will tell my supporters to remain calm, they should not cause trouble because after the election, we all will come for a round table talk, no need to Kill ourselves as brothers”.