James Manager distrubutes N212 million to emerge senatorial candidate

James Manager, the senator representing Delta South
Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has emerged
winner of the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) for the Senatorial District for the 2019 general election.
Manager, a fourth-term Senator, emerged the flag-bearer of the
party in a money-dominated primary election held at the Oleh
township stadium, headquarters of Isoko South Local
Government Area of the state.
Our correspondent who monitored the election witnessed the
disbursement of bribes to delegates across the eight local
government areas that make up the senatorial district at the
accreditation centres, by Manager and his closest rival and
member representing Warri North constituency in the state
House of Assembly, Michael Diden, popularly known as 'Ejele'.
It was  observed that while the senator was
distributing N200,000 each to the 1,063 delegates by proxy after
accreditation, the state legislator gave N300,000 to delegates
from his local government, Warri North, and N200,000 each to
other delegates from the remaining seven local government
councils shortly after their accreditation, also by proxy.
Declaring the results of the primary shortly after collation of
votes, the Returning Officer for the Delta south senatorial district
primary election, Pedro Egharevba, said the incumbent senator,
James Manager, polled 563 votes to beat his closest opponent,
Michael Diden, who polled 490 votes.
Egharevba announced that the former speaker of the state
house of Assembly, J.F.K. Omatsone, scored three votes, while
the fourth aspirant, Olivia Agbajoh, a former House of
Representatives member, did not score any vote. There were
also seven void votes.

Speaking shortly after casting his vote,
a delegate, who asked not to be named, said the N200,000
given to each delegate by Manager, as well as the N200,000
each by Diden to delegates from seven local government
councils and 300, 000 to his Warri North delegates, was the sole
right of the delegates.
"This is the only time we can make free money from all these
politicians," he said. "Senator James Manager is our own, and
you know that we, the Ijaw, are more populated than the two
other ethnic nationalities; that was why we decided to make him
proud by giving him our vote. Let me congratulate James
Manager for his victory."
At the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Delta Central senatorial
district primary election, the member representing Uvwie/Okpe/
Sapele constituency at the House of Representatives, Evelyn
Oboro, polled 586 votes to defeat former Governor, James
Ibori's close political ally, Ighoyota Amori who polled 486, while
Charles Obule polled six votes at Sapele local government
council where the primary was held.
At the cenotaph in Asaba, the state capital, the senator
representing Delta North senatorial district, Peter Nwaovoshi,
polled 506 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ned Nwoko, a
former House of Representatives member who polled 453 votes
to clinch the second position, while Paul Osaji, polled 216 votes
to secure the third position.
At Ogwashi-Uku, headquarters of Aniocha South local
government area of the state, it was reliably learnt that at about
9am, wife of the former PDP National Chairman, Miriam Alli,
who is contesting for the Delta North senatorial district seat
under the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly invaded the
venue of her parallel primary election with armed thugs, chasing
and attacking party members.

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