INEC declares PDP’s Emmanuel winner of Akwa Ibom governorship poll

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Udom Emmanuel, has won the governorship election in Akwa Ibom, the Independent National Electoral Commissioner announced Sunday.

The announcement came amid calls for the cancellation of the polls over widespread violence and irregularities.

At least three people were killed Saturday during the elections, the police said Sunday.

Announcing the result of the election on Sunday in Uyo, the Returning Officer for the election, James Epoke, said Mr. Emmanuel scored 996, 071 votes to defeat his All Progressives Congress (APC) opponent, Umana Umana, who polled 89, 865 votes.

According to the Returning Officer, Helen Esuene of Labour Party scored 8,600 votes and while Samuel Akpan of Accord Party polled 10, 598 votes.

Mr. Epoke said that Mr. Emmanuel won in all the 31 local government areas in the state.

He said the total number of registered voters in the state was 1,548,531 while 1,158,624 voters were accredited for the election, adding that total valid votes cast in the election was 1,110,580.

Void votes, he said, were 12, 256 and total votes cast 1, 122, 836.

“By the provision of the Electoral Act, Emmanuel, having scored the highest number of votes cast in the election, is hereby declared elected,” he announced.

Speaking on the outcome of the election, Paul Ekpo, the PDP Chairman in the state, appealed to all the contestants to accept the result.

Mr. Ekpo said, “I hope other candidates who contested this election will allow peace to reign as President Goodluck Jonathan did”.

Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Akwa Ibom were marred by violence.

The state commissioner of police for the state, Garbiel Achong, confirmed Sunday that at least three people were killed and 20 arrested for multiple electoral offences.

The result came as protests erupted in parts of the state, with many calling for the polls to be cancelled.

The APC candidate, Umana Umana, had earlier called for the election to be cancelled on similar grounds. Mr. Umana, as well as other political leaders in the state, including former governor, Victor Attah, said elections did not take place at many centres.

Witnesses said there were multiple cases of ballot box-snatching by thugs, and some accused the PDP-led government of colluding with INEC officials and the police to undermine the polls.

(NAN)


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  • Owo Uyo

    These are not allegations. The killings took place and disappointedly, Akpabio has thrown us into minority status in country where minority has no voice or share of anything. I hope APC challenges this results. Jonathan defeat was clear, but this fictitious result must not stand and if need be fingerprint analysis of those ballot papers done to determine multi thumb prints. Mr Integrity reject the result and your name will be written in gold.

    • NNAMNSO UDOM

      keep quiet and accept the result. Did you not see the statesmanship demonstrated by His excellency Dr Goodluck Jonathan and should follow suite rather than cry foul? Have you forgotten so soon that Lagos State has been opposition yet most developed state in Nigeria. Udom is right.

      • Rev Oboto Etukudoh

        Why do you waste your time & effort replying to a miserable impostor comment? That useless fellow cannot be any other person than useless children like Wahala and tundemash who have cowardly made it a habitual practice to come here and post comments in Hausa names to give them a semblance of participation in online discussions. Na so their lives be. Oluwole!!!!!

  • Rommel

    Everything about that son piece of shit called Governor Akpaboi smacks of mediocrity,his pattern of rigging is so unscientific that it is glaring,almost like another Charles D. B. King come to life,this Udom Emmanuel guy should distance himself from the contamination of Akpaboi

  • Guest

    ‘The Fulani have never hidden their thirst for political and teritorial supremacy, a thirst that knows no borders’
    …….yet you actively supported their patron with known ethnoreligious credentials because you convinced yourselves that he is not ‘corrupt’. Oh the sheer hypocrisy and foolishness of you lot…you make me want to vomit.