March 7, 2016

Ohuabunwa floors Orji in Abia North re-run polls

Ohuabunwa floors Orji in Abia North  re-run polls

Sen. Mao

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—SENATOR Mao Ohuabunwa of the PDP has been declared winner of the Abia North Senatorial re-run held last Saturday. He polled 26,009 votes to beat his closest rival, former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu the PPA candidate who polled 25, 814 votes.

Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa

Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa

The returning officer for the election, Dr. Nduka Nwankwo-Ojike, had earlier declared the election inconclusive on the ground that the margin of lead of 195 votes is far lower than the number of 62,000 registered voters.

He also cited report of ballot box and voting materials snatching, failure of card reader and absence of result sheet in some of the polling units for declaring the election inconclusive.

However, he later returned to Ohafia, some hours later, perhaps after consultations at INEC State headquarters, Umuahia, to declare Mao Ohuabunwa of PDP winner of the election.

In his reaction, the PPA agent, Chief Madukwe Ukaegbu, expressed shock that the re-run “declared inconclusive by 7am has been reversed by12.00pm”, lamenting that “Abia has turned to a place where elections are rigged and manipulated against the wishes of the people”.

But the PDP agent, Udo Uduma, dismissed the position of PPA, saying that there was no provision for inconclusiveness in a re-run election. He explained that whatever the margin of lead was enough to declare the winner.

Meanwhile, in Aba North State constituency, Dr. Blessing Nwagba was declared winner.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated Senator Mao Ohuabunwa on his victory in the Abia North Senatorial