Breaking: Winner of Abia governorship election set to be declared as INEC finally resumes collation of results
- The final collation of the Abia state's governorship election results resumed on Wednesday afternoon, March 22
- Recall that INEC suspended the exercise on Monday, March 20, following thugs' invasion of the commission's office in the Obingwa local government area
- Speaking at the collation centre, Prof Nnenna Nnannaya-Oti said she will do the right of the people and protect democratic values
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Umahia, Abia state - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, March 22, resumed the collation of governorship election results in Abia state.
The collation resumed 48 hours after the electoral commission suspended the exercise, Channels TV reported.
Speaking on Wednesday, the Administrative Secretary of the electoral commission in the state, Clement Oha berated political parties for blackmailing the commission.
Also, INEC’s Returning Officer in the state, Prof Nnenna Nnannaya-Oti said she will do the right of the people and protect democratic values.
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“I shall stand squarely and unapologetically on these principles. The people’s votes and mandate shall stand.
“The pastor and the mother in me will not permit me to do anything that will adversely affect the future of our children,” said Nnannaya-Oti, who is the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
Abia 2023 governorship election: The contenders
Alex Otti of the Labour Party (LP), Ikechi Emenike of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Okey Ahiwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Enyinnaya Nwafor of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) are top contenders in the race to succeed the incumbent governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, whose two terms of eight years end on May 29, 2023.
Some results of the 17 local government areas were already announced before the suspension of collation on Monday.
Why INEC suspended the collation in Abia
Legit.ng recalls that INEC spokesman Festus Okoye announced the suspension of the collation of results on Monday, March 20.
He said the suspension was due to the invasion of the INEC office in the Obingwa local government area on Sunday, March 19.
Declare Abia, Enugu results immediately, Peter Obi urges INEC
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi frowned at what he described as the continuous delay in releasing the governorship results of Abia and Enugu states.
In a statement issued and signed on Tuesday, March 21, Obi charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to release the results immediately.
Lagos gubernatorial election: Labour Party makes fresh move for intervention
In another report, the Lagos state chapter of the Labour Party (LP) called on the European Union (EU) and other members of the international community to intervene in the outcome of the 2023 gubernatorial and state parliament election in the state.
The state's party chairman, Dayo Ekong, made the call on Tuesday, March 22, in Ikeja, the Lagos state capital.
Ekong said the governorship and state House of Assembly polls in Lagos was disrupted with violence, voter inducement, voter suppression and other electoral ills.