The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta says it pulled out of the local government council elections in the state on Saturday.
Secretary of State for Publicity of the APC, Mr Sylvester Imonina, said this in a statement in Asaba on Saturday.
The party boycotted the election, according to Imonina, because the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) and other stakeholders “betrayed the Delta people again.”
“I told the people of Delta some days ago that there were evil machinations to deprive them of their right to choose who to lead them at the local government level.
“Yesterday, March, 5, 2021 at DSIEC headquarters in Asaba, Delta APC representatives were not allowed to take statistics of the materials that it intended transporting to the different LGAs in the state.
“This is despite the insistence of the party’s representatives that it is the right of political parties to inspect and confirm what and where the materials are meant for .”
He predicted that the party’s decision would be painful, given the vast sums of money it had already invested in the election.
Meanwhile, the party has urged its representatives to be cooperative and legitimate in taking the “sacrilegious acts” of the electoral body and stakeholders to the attention of the Delta people and Nigerians.
Mr Arubi Orugbo, the Director of Public Affairs at the DSIEC, said the commission was unaware of the boycott.
Orugbo, on the other hand, said that the APC’s boycott of the election had no bearing on the outcome.
“You cannot start shifting the goalposts at the middle of a football game. It is just irrelevant,” he said.