PDP Candidate Dave Umahi Wins Ebonyi Guber Poll

Ebonyi State deputy governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Chief Dave Umahi has been declared winner of Ebonyi State governorship election.

Umahi polled a total of 289, 867 votes to emerged winner after defeating his closest rival, the Labour party candidate, Sir Edward Nkwegu who pulled a total of 124, 817 votes.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Juluis Ucha got a total of 27, 583 votes.

The result declared by INEC returning officer, Professor Joseph Ahaneko showed that the candidate of PDP polled the highest number of votes to emerge the winner.

“Engr Dave Umahi having scored the highest votes cast and satisfied the provisions of the law is hereby declared elected,” Ahaneko said.

Speaking shortly after he was declared winner, Chief Umahi lauded voters in the state assuring that he would justify the confidence reposed in him.

The governor-elect also extended hands of friendship to all those that contested along with him noting that his doors are wide opened for suggestions.

He said that part of his ugenda is to transform Ebonyi  in the next couple of months pointing out that Ebonyi state is in dear need of development.

Meanwhile Labour Party, APC and APGA has petitioned Prof Attahiru Jega and call for the cancellation of Ebonyi governorship election.

The opposition parties cited widespread irregularities, killings, and wanton destruction of property during the April 11, 2015 governorship and House of Assembly election in Ebonyi State, as the reason for the cancellation.

In the petition jointly signed by Comrade Obiya Sabastine Friday, Hon. Ben Nwobashi and Comrade Jerry Obasi, State chairmen of Labour Party, All Progressives Congress, (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance,
(APGA) respectively, the three parties which took part in the election complained that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) connived with some INEC ad hoc staff and security agents to fraudulently falsify results after chasing their polling agents away from collation centres.

The petition copy of which was sent to the Ebonyi State ResidentElectoral Commissioner, (REC) was titled: “Appeal for immediate cancellation of governorship/House of Assembly election results in Ebonyi due to murders, terror, fraud and forgery.”

Part of the petition read: “We hereby forward this petition to request that you immediately conduct an in-depth investigation of large scale of fraud, manipulation, intimidation and falsification of results in the governorship and House of Assembly election held on April 11, 2015. It is clear that the “results” were gotten through a criminal and fraudulent process.”

The chairmen recalled that during the March 28, 2015 National Assembly election in Ebonyi State was characterized by “a reign of evil, terror, fraud, killings and brigandage,” recalling that they addressed
a joint press conference and alerted the nation of “the unholy marriage between Ebonyi State chapter of PDP and the Ebonyi REC”.

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