The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Chief Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance winner of the January 13 Anambra Central Senatorial rerun. Umeh, a former National Chairman of APGA, beat 13 other candidates, including current Labour and Employment Minister, Senator Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress, with a wide margin to emerge the senator representing Anambra Central.
It was a one-sided and poorly attended election as Ngige had asked his supporters to boycott the election, saying he had written INEC of his withdrawal from the race when the election was to hold. The minister wondered why the electoral body “mischievously included his name on the list of contestants” after he had since January 2016 written the electoral commission to withdraw from the race. He threatened to sue INEC for trying to ridicule him and use his name to give credibility to the election.
The rerun was conducted in seven local government areas, which are Njikoka, Awka North, Idemili South, Dunukofia, Awka South, Anaocha and Idemili North. The APGA candidate won in all the seven areas. Voter turnout was abysmally poor, with only 9.1 percent of voters accredited to vote. But the conduct was generally peaceful. The court had earlier on excluded a major party, the Peoples Democratic Party which had won the election in March 2015 from fielding a candidate in the rerun.
The election of its candidate, Senator Uche Ekwunife, was annulled by the Court of Appeal on the grounds that she was not properly nominated by her party. Her effort to revalidate her candidacy was rebuffed by various courts, including the Supreme Court. Declaring the result of the rerun, the Returning Officer, Prof Charles Esimone, said Umeh scored the highest number of votes cast with 64, 878 (95.6 percent of the votes cast) and therefore was returned elected.
S/N – Name of Candidate – Party – No. Of Votes
1. Oyeh Mercy Uche – ACCORD – 35
2. Hon. Oby Kate Okafor – ACD – 33
3. Chief Anayo A. Nweke – ADC – 57
4. Sen. Chris Ngige – APC – 975
5. Chief Sir Victor Umeh – APGA – 64,879
6. Christopher A. Chukwendu – GPN – 48
7. Okafor Ikechukwu – ID – 14
8. Chief Denis Oguguo – KOWA -12
9. Kingsley Chukwuma Nwofor – LP – 95
10. Ekweozo C. Nkem – MPPP – 111
11. Ubakamma J. Ikenna – NCP – 72
12. Rev. Charles O. Ekwueme – PDC – 5
13. Igwilo Michael C. – PPA – 116
14. Ikechukwu F. Obiekwe – UPP – 55
Therefore, the APGA Candidate, Chief Sir Victor Umeh is hereby Returned as the winner of the January 13th Anambra Central Senatorial Rerun Election with a total of 64,879 Votes.
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