The Oasis Reporters
April 13, 2021
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jude Ogbimi, winner of Saturday’s by-election in Isoko North State Constituency of Delta.
The Returning Officer for the election, Christopher Onosemuode, declared the result at Ozoro in Isoko council area.
Onosemuode, of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, said Ogbimi scored 29,421 votes to defeat eight other candidates in the by-election.
He said that the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Tabuko, scored 2,543 votes to place second, while Agose Ogagaoghene of Action Democratic Party (ADP), came third with 66 votes.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 11 political parties participated in the by-election, occasioned by the death of a former House of Assembly Majority Leader, Mr Tim Owhefere.
In his reaction, Ogbimi expressed gratitude to God and the people of the constituency for his victory at the poll, assuring that he would give his constituents the good representation they truly deserved.
He also commended Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for his support and commitment to the development of state, according to a News Agency of Nigeria, NAN report.
Political pundits keep analysing why the PDP keeps winning in Isoko nation.
Since the dawn of the third republic in 1999 with the Urhobo born James Ibori as governor, the region has experienced unprecedented infrastructural transformation, such that the oil bearing state that remains the bedrock of the Nigerian economy was seeing development for the very first time.
Delta State has therefore seen no reason to have a pact with the All Progressive Congress, APC, now ruling at the Federal level.
Isoko as a nation had virtually all it’s roads tarred to standard even in the villages by whichever governor that presides at Asaba, the state capital.
Many other social amenities have been provided, from education to healthcare, potable water, electricity etc. These, never existed under the military governments that milked the land and left the people in squalor and degradation.
All the governors of the state have put in their best and thus held the trust and confidence of the generality of the people, even though, more could still be done with more prudent management of resources.