INEC Announces LP’s Alex Otti As Abia Gov-elect


Alex Otti

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Wednesday, declared Alex Otti, the candidate of the Labour Party winner of the March 18 governorship poll in Abia state after days of a political logjam.

Otti polled a total of 175, 467 votes to defeat his closest rival, Chief Okey Ahiwe of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party who scored 88,529 votes.

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Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, Professor Nnenna Oti, subsequently declared Otti the Governor-elect having polled the highest number of votes and satisfied all necessary conditions.

In the final tally, Nnenna said that the LP governorship flag bearer scored 175, 467 to coast home to victory, dusting to the second position the candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Sir Okey Ahiwe, who received 88,529 votes.

The candidate of YPP, Enyinnaya Nwafor received came a distant third with 28,972 votes while the APC candidate, High Chief Ikechi Emenike was awarded 24,091 votes to place third.

After the final declaration of the result 11 party agents that were present signed the and collected the result sheet. However the PDP state collation agent stayed away from participating in the resumed collation apparently in protest of the way Obingwa issue was resolved in favour of LP.

The State Collation Agent of APC, Prince Anthony Eze told the State Returning Officer that the result as announced was unacceptable to his party, citing numerous mutilations, falsification and allocation of scores in favour of LP and PDP.

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