Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Mao Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of Saturday’s re-run election in Abia North Senatorial District.
INEC’s Returning Officer, Ojike Nwankpa, said Mr. Ohuabunwa polled 26,009 votes to defeat candidates of the Progressive Peoples Alliance and All Progressives Grand Alliance, Orji Kalu and Bourdex Onuoha, who polled 25,814 votes and 13,633 votes respectively.
The candidates of the All Progressives Congress and Labour Party, Nwanna Okoro, and Oji Nwachukwu, polled 976 votes and 147 votes, respectively.
Mr. Nwankpa, who announced the result on Sunday, declared Mr. Ohuabunwa the winner for polling the highest number of lawful votes cast.
Mr. Nwankpa had at the end of collation of results on Saturday night declared the election inconclusive.
The Head, Education and Publicity of INEC in the state, Edwin Enabor, said “the returning officer erroneously declared the re-run election inconclusive.
“This was wrong. In a re-run election, a winner must emerge by simple majority.”
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