President Buhari congratulates Orji Kalu

Orji Kalu wins Abia North seat, Onyejiocha wins Reps.

By Anayo Okoli.

UMUAHIA – THE former Governor of Abia state, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu was declared the winner of Abia North Senatorial District in Saturday’s

Presidential/National Assembly elections

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He polled a total 31,203 votes to defeat the incumbent Ohuabunwa who polled 20,801 votes and the candidate of the All Progressive Grand

Alliance Chief David Ogba who scored 11,410 votes.

The returning officer for the senatorial election, Dr. Charles Anumodu declared Kalu winner. However, Ohuabunwa in a statement by his Campaign Organization has rejected the result of the election.

Senator Ohuabunwa in the statement signed by Mr. Ukpai Ukairo stated that there has not been a return on the Abia North senatorial election, pointing out that the true position was that results were still being collated.

“It has come to our knowledge that INEC operatives in their haste to arrive at a pr-determined conclusion manipulated the electoral process to the shock of all well meaning patriots who believe in democracy.

“In this respect, it is tragic that INEC could conduct an election without the issuance of form EC40G, a form used to capture cancelled votes and places where there were no voting.

“In the circumstances of the above, we demand that the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Abia State should to direct the Returning Officer of the Abia North Senatorial Election to the requisite make declaration in accordance with the dictates of Rule 17E(e) of the guidelines for the conduct of elections issued by INEC by cancelling the elections completely”, Ohuabunwa said.

“It has come to our knowledge that INEC operatives in their haste to arrive at a pre-determined conclusion manipulated the electoral process to the shock of all well meaning patriots who believe in democracy.

“In this respect, it is tragic that INEC could conduct an election without the issuance of form EC40G, a form used to capture cancelled votes and places where there were no voting.

“In the circumstances of the above, we demand that the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Abia State should to direct the Returning Officer of the Abia North Senatorial Election to the requisite make declaration in accordance with the dictates of Rule 17E(e) of the guidelines for the conduct of elections issued by INEC by cancelling the elections completely”, Ohuabunwa said.

Meanwhile, the member representing Isikwuuato/ Umunneochi Federal Constituency in the House of representatives in Abia state, Hon Nkiru Onyejiocha, has also been re-elected into the House for the fourth term.

Onyejiocha polled a total of 14,712 votes to defeat her closest rival Mr. Ude Achara of the Peoples Democratic party who polled 10,064 votes.

Also in Bende Federal Constituency, Benjamin Kalu of the All Progressive Congress also polled 9,138 to defeat Chima Anyaso of the Peoples Democratic party who polled 5591 in the Bende Federal Constituency. The returning officer for the constituency Mr. Martin Okoro declared him winner after announcing the result.