Gov Umahi Wins Senatorial Seat, Applauds INEC

  • Labour Party stops Gov Ugwuanyi’s senatorial ambition 

BY ONYEKACHUKWU IBEZIM – Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi of All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared the winner of Ebonyi South Senatorial district election held last Saturday.

According to results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Umahi won the election with 28,378 votes.

The INEC Returning Officer for the zone, Professor Augustine Egwu of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, said Umahi beat nine other contestants to emerge victorious.

He noted that the governor had satisfied all the requirements by law to be declared the senator-elect of the district.

Coming second in the ballot with 25, 496 votes was Linus Okorie of the Labour party while the incumbent Senator Michael Ama-Nnachi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) placed third.

Reacting to his victory, Governor Umahi commended the Electoral umpire for delivering on a fair and credible election in the district.

In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy, Chooks Oko on Monday, the Governor said; “I dedicate this victory to God and pledge to be a senator of all Ebonyi people”.

Gov Ugwuanyi Loses In Enugu

One of the biggest upset in Saturday’s National Assembly election occurred in Enugu State as Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi lost his senatorial bid to the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Okechukwu Ezea.

Currently rounding off his second term as governor, Ugwuanyi stood as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Enugu North Senatorial district poll held on Saturday, 25 February.

The INEC Returning Officer for the election, Prof Chukwuemeka Ubaka, declared the result at the collation centre in Nsukka Local Government Area headquarters on Monday at about 5:20 am.

He said that Ezea of the LP polled a total of 104,492 votes to defeat Governor Ugwuanyi who placed second with 46,948 votes while the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Ejike Eze, garnered 6,816 votes to come a distant third.

Prof Ubaka said Mr Ezea was declared the winner in the exercise because he “justified all the requirements of the law” having scored the highest number of votes in the election.

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