Bassey Albert, a Peoples Democratic Party candidate, from Ibiono Ibom local government area, has emerged the winner of the 2019 senatorial race of the Akwa Ibom Northeast.
Albert was on Saturday, February 23, re-elected for a second term. The senator defeated his main challenger, Bassey Etim of the All Progressives Congress.
Premium Times reports he polled a total of 147,731 votes to beat his opponent Bassey Etim of the APC, who scored 60,930.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that INEC declared Patrick Ifon, House of Representatives candidate of the PDP, winner of the Eket federal constituency election held on Saturday, February 23.
Announcing the results, the returning officer, Professor Bassey Antia of the University of Uyo, said that Ifon polled 61,580 votes to defeat his closest rival, Akpabio Kufre of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 11,263 votes.
The result was announced at Eket senatorial district collation centre on Monday, February 25. Addressing his supporters, Ifon, the Eket federal constituency member-elect, thanked the constituents for being steadfast in their quest to ensure that the people’s will prevailed.
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In a related development, the APC in Akwa Ibom state debunked the fake results allegedly being circulated online and in the state.
In a press release made available to the media, the Akwa Ibom APC chairman, Ini Okopidio, said the results are false.
Part of the statement read: "Our attention has been called to the malicious intention by the PDP within the state and their recent spate of the release of fake election results. While it is not surprising, it must be stopped at its root.
"Our usual source within the party has informed us of further plans to hold emergency meetings to consolidate on the already released fake results.
"Having disrupted the peaceful conduct of the electoral process in several polling units across the state, it is evident that the PDP are desperate and are grabbing at straws.
"However, they should be mindful that release of fake results is a punishable offence as it misleads the public and can go on to instigate violence."
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