The immediate past governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, has been declared winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Mr. Imoke, the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious with 451, 544 votes, or about 90.11 per cent of total votes cast.
His closest rival, Usani Usani of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) had only 31,026 votes, or 6.19 percent.
Other contestants scored poorly.
Victor Udom of African iberationLP 325 votes, or 0.06 per cent; Patrick Okomiso of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) 2, 235 votes or 0.45 percent; Odey Ekunke of African Political System 172 votes or 0.03 per cent ; Cletus Inyang of CDC 197, or 0.04 percent; Mary Ekpere of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) 705 votes or 0.14 per cent; James Ebri of DFPF 182 or 0.04 per cent; Theophilus Onyuku of HDP 247 or 0.05 per cent; Ima Adegoke of Labour Party (LP) 1,922 or 0,38 per cent; Goodie Akpama of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) 1,146 0.23 per cent and Ebiti Ndok of United National Party for Democracy (UNPD) 238 votes or 0.05 per cent .
Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, and returning officer for the election, James Epoke, announced the result at about 12: 30 p.m. today after receiving results from collation officers from the 17 state’s local governments.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, had signed the result in the presence of some Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and party agents.
Details from the election show that out of about 1,242,916 registered voters, the total votes cast were 501, 117. Out of this figure, valid votes cast was 489, 939, while 11, 178 were void for one electoral discrepancy or the other in the voting.
The Federal High Court, Calabar, late Friday restrained INEC from conducting the election in Bakassi local government.