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After a long wait,
the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Peter Mbah, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Alex Ottis, Candidate of Labour Party as the winners of the Enugu state and Abia State governorship election respectively.
Professor Maduebibisi Ofo-Iwe, the Returning Officer in Enugu, who announced the results on Wednesday night, said Mbah polled 160,895 votes to win the election.
Mbah’s declaration came after days of controversy over the Nkanu East Local Government Area results.
Barr. Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party came second in the keenly contested election.
According to Iwe, the INEC national headquarters in Abuja took over the coalition after those in Enugu could not have a common ground.
He stated that after a review of the process, the votes for the PDP were reduced from 30, 350 to 16, 956.
LP now has 157, 552, while PDP polled 160, 895 votes to emerge the winner, Iwe said.
Frank Nweke of the All-Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, came third with 17, 983 votes.
Alex Otti, candidate of Labour Party (LP), has been declared the winner of the governorship poll in Abia.
Otti was declared the winner of the election on Wednesday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the resumption of the collation of results.
This follows the conclusion of the collation of the outstanding results from Obingwa LGA in the state.
In total, Otti polled 175,467 to defeat Okey Ahiwe, his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 88,529 votes.
On Monday, the electoral body suspended the collation of results in Abia after thugs invaded its office in Obingwa LGA.
The assailants held the INEC officials hostage before they were released, prompting the electoral commission to call for a review of the process.
At the time collation was halted, Otti was reportedly in the lead after garnering over 80,000 votes.
The victory is the first for the LP in the March 18 governorship election across the federation.