INEC Declares Okorocha, Ikpeazu, Ishaku Winners In Saturday’s Imo, Abia and Taraba Supplementary Elections


jega-inecThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the incumbent Governor of Imo State and the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial election flag-bearer, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, the winner of the Imo State Governorship election concluded on Saturday.

The electoral umpire also declared the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate for Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu winner in the supplementary election conducted on Saturday. Dr Ikpeazu was declared winner in a controversial result with 264,173 votes ahead of Dr Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) who got 180,882 votes

Okorocha defeated Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the supplementary election conducted on Saturday.

Okorocha polled 416,996 votes as against Ihedioha’s 320,705 votes.

INEC also declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Darius Ishaku winner of the Taraba governorship election.

Mr Ishaku polled 369,318 votes to beat his closest opponent and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen Aisha Alhassan, who polled 275,984 votes.

There were reports of sporadic shooting at one of the collation centres in Takum Local Government Area of the State, when the supplementary elections were held on Saturday.

No number of casualties have been reported.

Reports said the gunshots were heard after elections have been held.

“News just filtered in that there is a problem in collation centre in Takum where the results of elections held in the local council were being collated. There was sporadic shooting at the collation centre.

“Apart from that, there are no other incidents reported so far,” he said.

The supplementary election held in three registration areas in the local council, where the April 11 elections were declared inconclusive.

The Taraba State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Ahmed Makamma had confirmed that a run off will be holding in the governorship election in the north eastern state after the April 11 elections were declared inconclusive.

Speaking via a telephone interview on Channels Television’s election monitoring programme, Nigeria 2015, Mr Makamma said “there will be a run off between the person with the highest number of votes and the person behind him”.

He also confirmed that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Darius Ishiaku, is leading the candidate of the All Progressives congress (APC), Sen Aisha Alhassan, “with a margin of about 53,000 votes”.

Mr Makamma also confirmed that the results from Donga Local Government Area was cancelled.

“So that makes the election inconclusive, because if you look at the margin at the moment is 53, 000 and the number of cancelled votes is 127, 125, so there will be a runoff election to determine who the winner is”, he said.



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