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Warri Federal Constituency: Ereyitomi urges losers to sheath sword

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Edeki Igafe

Mr Robinson Ariyo, Director-General, Thomas Ereyitomi Campaign Organisation, has appealed to other candidates that lost in the Warri Federal Constituency Feb. 23 elections to sheath their swords for the development of the constituency.

Addressing newsmen on Friday in Warri, Ariyo said that there was no where in the world that a “perfect election can be achieved, not even in America”.

Ariyo, also a lawyer, said what the law required from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was to conduct an election that was substantially compliance.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) recalls that Ereyitomi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared winner of the  Warri Federal Constituency in the last Saturday National Assembly elections.

Dr Samuel Usifo of the University of Benin, who served as the Returning Officer in Warri Federal Constituency, had announced Ereyitomi as the winner of the elections.

He polled 152,874 votes to defeat Mr Daniel Reyenieju of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who polled 25,032 and Mr Alex Eyengho of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who scored 18,437 votes.

Ariyo said that his principal, Ereyitomi, had rolled out his interventional programmes for the Warri Federal Constituency, adding that he would swing into action as soon as he assumed office.

He listed some of the core areas to include: economic development, capacity building, peace building and research and advocacy.

“We are trying to reach out to the aggrieved to sheath their swords so that we can work together for the development of our constituency.

“We have been left behind for so long; we need to occupy our place as an oil producing constituency.

“We cannot pretend to have a perfect election, there is nowhere in the world that have a perfect election.

“All what the law required is for INEC to conduct an election that is substantially compliance, free and fair,” he said.

The APC candidate, Eyengho had on Wednesday told newsmen in Warri that he would challenge the election results at the tribunal.

He alleged that massive rigging, ballot box stuffing, violence and other irregularities characterised the elections and called for its outright cancellation. (NNN)

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Edited by Olagoke Olatoye