Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Mr Ovuakpoye Evivie on his victory in Saturday’s by-election for Isoko South Constituency 1 seat in the State House of Assembly.
He also congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the outcome of the election in which its candidate, Evivie, was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with 6,957 votes.
His closest challengers, Dr Ogaga Ifowodo of the All Progressives Congress (APC), got 1,301 votes, while Mr Michael Emumena of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) polled 1,291 votes.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba on Sunday, Okowa described the victory of Evivie and PDP as well deserved and a confirmation of the party’s dominance in Delta.
He stated that the people of Isoko South Constituency 1 across the five Wards in the area through the ballots, spoke very lucidly of the choice of Evivie as their representative in the State Assembly.
The Governor, who led members of PDP in a Ward-to-Ward rally prior to the election, remarked that Isoko South people had once again proven their loyalty to PDP.
He, however, regretted the reported killing of a voter in Irri Ward by unknown gunmen and urged security agencies to go after the assailants and bring them to book.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate Mr Ovuakpoye Evivie on his victory in the Isoko South Constituency 1 by-election.
“It is heart-warming to see him emerge as member-elect and I am grateful to the people of Isoko South for their immense support to our party and their clear message to the opposition in the area.
“Let me also thank the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, observers and other stakeholders for a successful election adjudged to be free, fair and credible.
“The introduction of the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) by INEC was the hallmark of the election as real voters were duly authenticated, leading to a very credible and fraud-free exercise.