Uneasy calm on Sunday pervaded Asaba, the Delta State capital, over the fate of President Goodluck Jonathan in Saturday’s presidential election.
The anxiety may not be unconnected with the challenge posed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.).
More so, the supporters of APC had started celebrating Buhari’s victory at different joints in Asaba in anticipation of the official declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Prince Yemi Emiko, the Delta South Senatorial District candidate of the APC categorically said: “We are in this business to win the election as our party (APC) and the people have clamoured enough for change.”
Supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state were however calm, even as they continue to heap blames on INEC for introducing a rigorous experimental process.
The state Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah, in Asaba flayed INEC for abandoning a major challenge in the implementation of the Card Reader.
Ogeah condemned the technological hitches recorded during the exercise, maintaining that the aged were unnecessarily compelled to go through the slow process of the exercise.
He said: “For instance, the level of publicity and voters education carried out by the commission was not too impressive as some of the voters in the rural areas still had no idea of what the whole process entails.”
The commissioner called for more awareness campaigns before the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections.