The People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and incumbent governor, Theodore Ahamefula Orji, was yesterday declared the winner of the Abia governorship election. The PDP also won all 24 seats in the state House of Assembly.
Mr Orji emerged as the winner having polled 641,158 votes to beat 19 other contestants. Reagan Ufomber of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) came a distant second with 49,421 votes and Chris Akomas of the PPA got 43,778 votes.
The chief returning officer for the state and vice chancellor of the Umudike-based Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Hilary Edoga, said he had certified the results collated in the various local governments and that Mr Orji won the elections conducted on Tuesday.
The result, which showed that none of the opposition candidates won 25 percent of the votes cast, even in their home constituencies, was rejected by the oppositions' agents who refused to sign, saying there was no election in the state.
The deputy director of campaigns for the ACN, Eke Igwe, said the election was a sham. He said the PDP collaborated with security operatives to chase away voters and carried away ballot papers to thumbprint them in their private houses before bringing them to the units.
The chairman of the APGA in Isiala Ngwa North, Godwin Ibendiogwu said that in some units in Nbawsi, the party's agents were beaten up and the materials carried away. He described the whole exercise as a sham.
Reacting to Mr Orji's victory, the state commissioner for information and strategy, A.C.B. Agbazuere said the Abia electorate has, by voting overwhelmingly for the governor, demonstrated their gratitude to him for bringing them out of bondage and delivering democracy dividends to the people.
In the rescheduled national assembly election in Isiala Ngwa north and south federal constituencies, Chinenye Ike of the PDP was also declared winner.