BREAKING: INEC Finally Declares Winner of Abia Governorship Election
- The winner of the 2023 governorship election in Abia state was finally declared on Wednesday, March 22, by INEC
- Prof Nnenna Nnannaya-Oti, declared Otti the winner, announcing that he scored 175,467 votes to defeat his closest rival, Okey Ahiwe
- Ahiwe, the governorship candidate of the PDP in the Abia state governorship election, polled 88,529 votes
Umuahia, Abia state - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Abia, Alex Otti, as the winner of the March 18 poll in the southeast state.
Otti polled 175,467 votes to defeat his closest rival, Okey Ahiwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 88,529 votes.
Enyinnaya Nwafor of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) scored 28,972 votes, Channels TV reported.
Legit.ng gathers that the Labour Party governorship candidate also won 10 of the 17 local government areas in the state, PDP got six while the YPP got one.
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The Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state, Prof Nnenna Nnannaya-Oti, declared Otti the winner on Wednesday evening, March 22, at the resumption of the final collation of governorship election results in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
“That Otti Alex Chioma of Labour Party having satisfied the requirement of the law is hereby declared the winner of the election,” said Nnannaya-Oti, who is the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
2023 Abia governorship election: Full results by parties
A – 1,528
AA – 474
AAC – 298
ADC – 2,529
ADP – 601
APC – 24,091
APGA – 18,119
APM – 572
APP – 11,728
BP – 1,141
LP – 175,467
NNPP – 2,068
NRM – 472
PDP – 88,529
PRP – 168
SDP – 773
YPP – 28,972
ZLP – 1,011
Reactions trail Alex Otti's victory
CVJ Vincent PAGE commented on Facebook:
"PDP betrays the Igbos. So they deserve to lose all the Eastern states."
Mi Chael said:
"Congrats Otti, work for Abịa people, dredge the Lake, Be kind and deliver for Abia people."
Ikwo Jesus said:
"Labour Party we are taking over gradually just wait and see it’s just a matter of time this country must obey LP."
Egbe Onyeka said:
"Remember to probe all the past governors of Abia state."
Buhari boasts, explains how he stopped vote-buying during 2023 general elections
In another report, President Muhammadu Buhari explained that he did his best to ensure that vote-buying did not mar the 2023 general elections.
The president while meeting with the outgoing United States Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, at the State House in Abuja, said he told Nigerian electorates to collect money from candidates vying for elective positions at the election but vote their conscience.
The president added that given the opportunity for a free and fair election and non-interference, as witnessed in the 2023 polls, Nigerians have proven capable of deciding their leaders.