Okorocha, Ikpeazu, Ishaku Win Guber Election Re-run in Imo, Abia, Taraba

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Imo State governor and candidate of All Progressives
Congress, Chief Rochas Okorocha, was early this
morning declared winner of the governorship election
in the state by the Independent National Electoral
Commission. In the other two states where
supplementary governorship elections also held
saturday, the governorship candidates of Peoples
Democratic Party in Abia and Taraba states, Dr Okezie
Victor Ikpeazu and Mr. Darius Ishaku, respectively,
also won, going by results collated and declared by
INEC at the time of going to press. This followed the
addition of their scores from yesterday’s
supplementary elections to the figures they had
garnered after the main election on April 11, which
INEC had declared inconclusive.
Okorocha scored 416,996 votes to defeat the PDP
candidate, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, who polled 320,705
votes. Okorocha was declared winner by the State
Returning Officer, Professor Ibidapo Obe, who is Vice
Chancellor of the Federal University, Ikwo, Ebonyi
State.
In the senatorial election in Delta Central, Ighoyota
Amori of PDP won the election, polling 115, 000 votes
to defeat his closest opponent, Ovie Omo-Agege, of
Labour Party, who scored 53, 000 votes. Amore was
declared the senator-elect. Amori polled 2, 981 votes
in Ughelli South, while Omo-Agege polled 681 votes. In
Sapele, Amori got 8, 864 votes, Omo-Agege got 1,
541. In Udu, the PDP candidate got 9, 194 votes, while
his LP challenger got 3, 956 votes. In Uvwie, Amori
got 4, 819 votes, while Omo-Agege got 2, 366 votes.
In Okpe, the PDP candidate scored 8, 613, while the
LP candidate got 2, 022 votes. In Ethiope West, Amori
got 172, while Omo-Agege had 12 votes. Also in
Ethiope East, Amori scored 14, 142 votes, while Omo-
Agege scored 7, 168 votes.

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The results announced early this morning by INEC
showed that Okorocha led Ihedioha in 20 of the 23
local government areas where the supplementary polls
took place in Imo State. Okorocha won in Nkwerre
(APC 255, PDP 164), Oru west (APC 395, PDP 129),
Okigwe (APC 603, PDP 76), Orlu (APC 687, PDP 179),
Ihitte Uboma (APC 131, PDP 66), Nwangele (APC 271,
PDP 55), Orsu (APC 471, PDP 218), Njaba (APC 1095,
PDP 236), Obowo (APC 697, PDP 505), Ow. North
(APC 674, PDP 620), Onuimo (APC 412, PDP 207),
Ohaji/Egbema (APC 1210, PDP 996), Owerri West
(APC 1342, PDP 793), Ehime Mbano (APC 604, PDP
393), Mbaitoli (APC 3997, PDP 2422), Oru East (APC
7154, PDP 1168), Ngor Okpala (APC 416, PDP 323),
Isu (APC 2773, PDP 979), Isiala Mbano (APC 1415,
PDP 1000), and Oguta (APC 5030, PDP 1378).
Ihedioha won in three local governments, namely,
Ezinihitte (APC 213, PDP 715) and Aboh Mbaise (APC
686, PDP 939), Ikeduru (APC 786, PDP 1022).
Okorocha had polled 385, 671 votes, while Ihedioha
scored 306, 142 votes at the main election on April 11.
That gave a difference of 79, 529 votes between the
highest scorer and the runner-up, and the number of
cancelled votes was 144, 715. The election was
declared inconclusive by the INEC Returning Officer in
the state, Obe. After the supplementary election, APC
had 31,326 votes while PDP had 13,624.
The Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) stipulates that
where the number cancelled votes exceeds the
difference between the number of votes polled by the
candidate who comes first and the person in second
place, a winner cannot be declared until the conclusion
of a supplementary election in the areas affected by
the cancellations.

Results, as announced by INEC, from the eight local
government areas of Abia State where the
supplementary governorship elections held showed
that in Aba North PDP got 754 while APGA polled 857;
in Ikwuano PDP 1,748, APGA 2179; Ohafia, PDP 2,479,
APGA 326; Isiala Ngwa North, PDP 60, APGA 60; Aba
South, PDP 722, APGA 2536; Ogwunagbo, PDP 1893,
APGA polled 1289; Umuahia South, PDP 1377, APGA
4184; Umuahia North, PDP 1,899, APGA 2,376, and
Osisioma, APGA 5,322, PDP 1668.
The Collation/Returning Officer for the Abia State
governorship the election, Professor Benjamin
Ozumba, had on April 12, announced that the
governorship elections were inconclusive and
subsequently rescheduled in some polling units where
either did not hold or were cancelled due to
irregularities. But Ikpeazu had polled 248,459 votes
against Otti’s 165,406 votes after the first election on
April 11, making a difference of 83,053 votes, while
177,000 votes were cancelled – which was more than
the vote difference between the top candidate and the
runner-up. This had necessitated the supplementary
election.
In Taraba State, as results of the supplementary
election continued to trickle in, the governorship
candidate of the PDP, Darius Ishaku, was steadily
consolidating his lead in the April 11 gubernatorial
election, which was declared inconclusive by INEC.
Going into yesterday’s supplementary election which
was conducted in 218 polling units, Ishaku was ahead
of his main challenger, Senator Aisha Jummai
Alhassan of APC by 54, 812 votes.
Results announced from the various polling units
across the 10 local government areas indicate that
PDP won in Kofar Sarki in Takum local government by
588 votes against seven votes polled by APC.
In Daka polling unit in Takum, PDP polled 378 while
APC scored 110 votes just as PDP scored 178 against
APC’s five votes in Rafin-Kada ward in Wukari local
government.
At Asibiti ward in Donga local government, PDP
scored 4,412 while APC scored 604 and in Akete ward
still in Donga local government, PDP polled 2,065
votes in 11 out of the 12 polling units collated while
APC scored 1,506.

Also at Suntai Daaji in Donga local government, PDP
garnered 1,139 votes against APC’s 74 votes, while at
Nyitan ward in Donga, PDP scored 4,304 while APC
scored 199 votes. In the only polling unit where
election was held in Yorro local government, PDP
scored 469 while APC polled 34 votes.
At Muhammed Tukur polling unit which was the only
polling unit where election was conducted in Jalingo
local government, APC polled 362 votes while PDP
polled 90 votes while in 17 out of the 20 polling units
in Bali local government, PDP polled 5,370 votes while
APC polled 750 votes.
The PDP candidate is also leading in Karim Lamido
local government where the acting governor of the
state, Alhaji Sani Danladi, hails from just as PDP is
leading in all the four polling units in Ussa local
government.
The total number of registered voters in the 218 polling
units where the election was conducted is127, 125 and
based on the low turnout of voters, the number of
accredited voters in the election is not expected to be
more than 50 per cent of the registered voters.
The local governments where the additional elections
were held are Donga, Bali, Takum, Karim Lamido,
Kurmi, Yorro, Ussa, Wukari and Zing.
Though, security was tight in the parts of Taraba, Imo,
and Abia states where supplementary governorship
elections held yesterday, very few voters participated
in the exercise meant to conclude the process for
determining those who would govern the states for the
next four years.
INEC had said on Friday that the supplementary
elections will hold in 51 Registration Areas in nine
local government areas of Abia State; 79 RAs in 23
LGAs in Imo; and 32 RAs in 10 LGAs in Taraba. But
the election in Abia State took place in eight local
government areas, comprising 274 polling units.
INEC’s head of voter education/publicity, Mr. Edwin
Enabor, explained that Umunneochi Local Government
Area was “erroneously” included among the areas
designated for the supplementary poll.

The low turnout of voters was so widespread that in
Abia State, town criers had to use wooden gongs to try
to mobilise voters to come out and vote. That was the
situation at Agbo village in Ibeku East II state
constituency and other places. The town criers went to
work when it was noticed that three hours into the
official time for the commencement of accreditation,
voters were not coming out to be accredited at polling
unit 007.
At Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
(MOUAU) in Ikwuano local government, voters at
polling unit 007 were voting for the third time since
April 11. One of the voters, Mr. Isaac Onwuegbulam,
told THISDAY after accreditation that they had voted
“peacefully” on April 11 only to learn later that it was
cancelled. He said the voting was repeated on April 12
“but later we heard that ballot boxes were snatched,”
hence it was again cancelled. He said voters in the
area had become fatigued.
Generally, however, the supplementary elections went
peacefully, despite the tension and threat of violence
that preceded the polls in some places. There was
tight security with partial restriction of vehicular
movement, especially in the designated areas for the
supplementary polls.
In Taraba State, six units of the Police Mobile Force
from neighbouring states were deployed to the state,
in addition to an unconfirmed numbers of soldiers.
The security personnel moved around the state capital
in a show of force. The Deputy Inspector General of
Police (DIG) in charge of finance and administration at
the force headquarters, Mr Hillary Opara, led two other
Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIG) to the
state to provide security for the election.

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