The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency bye-election, Mr Chimobi Ebisike, the winner of the Saturday polls.
Ebisike polled 10,322 votes to defeat his closest challenger and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Mascot Uzor Kalu, who scored 3,674 votes.
“That Chimobi Iheanyichukwu Ebisike of the PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” the returning officer, Prof Fedelis Okpata, had declared.
The state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, described the PDP’s victory as a vindication of the hard work his administration has put into repositioning Aba.
He described the bye-election as an opportunity for the people of Aba to pass judgment on his administration’s efforts to rebuild the area.
The governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, expressed his gratitude to God for making the victory possible.
He said, “For all intents and purposes, this election was more appropriately a referendum by the people of Aba on our work in the city.
“The people of Aba completely endorsed our message that it was only just, fair and proper to allow the aborigines of Aba an opportunity to represent their own people for the first time in 22 years of our democracy at the National Assembly.”
While congratulating Ebisike, the governor advised him to “appreciate the historic nature of his election and what it means for the people of Aba.”
Also, the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Sunday congratulated Ebisike and commended the people of Aba for trooping out to elect a representative of their choice.
The senator, in a statement by his media adviser, Uchenna Awom, also applauded the PDP for effectively mobilising its members and carrying out a vigorous campaign that culminated in the victory.
The statement read in part, “This victory is soothing and a clear signal that our people are very conscious of what is going on in the country, with the shoddy treatment of the Ndigbo by the APC government.
“Never again can we be led by the nose, by people who don’t mean well for our people.”
We are still studying result, says APC
Meanwhile, the APC chairman in Abia, Donatus Nwankpa, said the party was still studying the outcome of the election.
Nwankpa, who acknowledged INEC’s credibility in the election, claimed that the PDP manipulated the election in some areas.
He said, “We (APC) were doing well but there were some places where there were manipulations and they included Sports Club, Abia Poly, Asannetu, Ohabiam, Iheorji and some other areas.”
APC’s boast of penetrating South-East empty boat – PDP
Meanwhile, the PDP has said its victory in the election established its superiority, particularly over the APC, not only in Abia State and the South-East geopolitical zone, but also across the nation.
The PDP, in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said “the fact that we defeated the APC and its candidate with 10,322 votes against a paltry 3,674 is a direct confirmation that the APC has no foothold in the South-East and that its bragging of having penetrated the region is an “empty hype.”
“The outcome of this election serves as a foretaste of the crushing defeat that awaits the APC in the zone, come 2023.
“Moreover, the sweeping victory by the PDP over the APC, in an area like Aba, has further shown that the people of the South-East and Nigerians in general, are no longer carried away by the lies, deceit, falsehood and empty promises of the APC, a party that has brought so much pain and anguish to our nation.
“The APC and its leaders had, in particular, held the southeast in utter disdain in their utterances, body language and actions, and as such, should not expect anything less than such a loud rejection by the people at the polls.
“Moreover, this election serves as a lesson to the APC that Nigerians are no longer ready to allow the APC to use its manipulations, violence and compromised officials to steal votes and foist its candidates on the people as they did in the 2019 general elections.”
SOURCE: PUNCH NIGERIA