The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Gov. Udom Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Akwa Ibom. The result effectively sealed the fate of defeated Senator Godswill Akpabio of APC who seems himself as Political Godfather in Akwa Ibom and was vehemently opposed to Governor Emmanuel’s re-election.
The Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, who announced the result in Uyo very early Monday, said that Gov. Emmanuel won in all the 31 local government areas of the state.
Orumwense said Emmanuel was re-elected governor having polled 519,712 votes. His main rival, Mr Nsima Ekere of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 171,978 votes.
Mr Emmanuel Nwankpa of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mr Ekene Uzodinma of the United Peoples Party (UPP) polled 2,547 and 1,476 votes, respectively.
Orumwense said that there were 2,119,727 registered voters in the state.
He said that 720,064 voters were accredited, adding that 6 96,245 valid votes were recorded, while 15, 792 votes were declared void.
He noted that the election was keenly contested, saying that 50 political parties contested for the governorship election in the state.