PDP ORDERS RE-RUN TODAY: Delta North Senate race and the Ika Federal Constituency race – THEWILL

THEWILL has also gathered from the National Organizing Secretary of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus that the party has ordered a rerun in the Delta North Senate race and the Ika Federal Constituency race.
THEWILL checks revealed that former SSG, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa had comprehensively beaten Mrs. Mariam Ali, wife of former PDP National Chairman, Dr Ahmadu Ali, in a free and fair Senatorial congress in Asaba held a few days ago. But after pressures from the Presidency, a rerun was suddenly ordered a few hours ago.
The House of Representatives congress in Ika also suffered that same fate. Incumbent member of the House, Ms. Doris Uboh had been overwhelmingly defeated by new entrant, Mr. Victor Nwokolo in another free and fair contest in Agbor. A copy of the result obtained by THEWILL showed that Doris Uboh came a distant fourth with just 9 votes while Nwokolo polled 258 votes. Pressures from the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan however also forced the rerun.
The First Lady has vigourously led a campaign for more female representation in government.
The reruns are slated for tomorrow morning (Friday) in Asaba and Agbor respectively.
The re-run for the governorship in Kogi and Kano state, as well as senatorial re-run in Delta Central, Oyo Central, Sokoto East, Bauchi North, Taraba Central, Adamawa South, Adamawa North, North Central: Kogi Central, Kogi East and Kogi West will all hold on Friday, January 28, 2011.
The PDP and INEC have been back and forth over the legality of the rerun congresses.
The electoral commission has maintained that primaries ought to have ended on January 15, 2011, while the PDP is of the opinion that INEC has no powers to ask it not to conduct a rerun.
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