INEC declares winner of Enugu Governorship election

Dr. Peter Mbah, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for governor of Enugu State has won the election conducted on March 18.

He scored 160,895 votes to defeat his closest rival, Chijioke Edeoga, of the Labour Party (LP), who polled 157,552 votes.

Frank Nweke Jnr. of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) scored 17,983, while Chief Uche Nnaji, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scored 14,575 votes to come a distant third and fourth respectively.

The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, Prof Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe declared Mbah the winner Wednesday evening at the resumption of the final collation of governorship election results in Enugu, the Enugu State capital just 48 hours after INEC suspended the exercise in the State.

Before the announcement, Prof. Iwe had said he was requested to come to Enugu because the Commission had concluded the review of the results of Nkanu-East and Nsukka LGAs, which were under contention.

He said: “We have come back to conclude the collation of results. We received some petitions particularly against Nsukka and Nkanu-East LGAs, and these things were taken to Abuja for resolution. The petition against Nsukka was overruled. That means whatever anybody had against Nsukka was not substantiated. Before the review, we had 30,350 votes for PDP from Nkanu-East LGA. But after the review, PDP’s votes now reduced to 16,956. For LP, the votes they had on Monday was 1855 and after the review, it increased to 1,864”.

Based on the fact that the petition against Nkanu-East was sustained, Iwe invited the collation officer for Nkanu-East LGA to call out the results after the review.

However, LP’s collation agent, Eugene Edeoga, objected to the continuation, saying that it was against the provisions of the Electoral Act to still release results from a particular unit after it had been discovered to have been over-voting.

His objections were overruled by Prof Iwe, who claimed that he was under authority “to do what I’m doing here this evening”.

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