The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, has been declared the winner of Saturday’s supplementary governorship election held in the state.
Okorocha won in 20 out of the 23 Local Government areas in the state where the supplementary election was held, gathering a total of 31,326 votes.
His closest challenger and major rival in the elections, Prince Emeka Ihedioha, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 13,624 votes in the governorship rerun.
It would be recalled that the result of the election was declared inconclusive by the Returning Officer, Prof. Ibidapo-Obe, two weeks ago because the margin of victory between the top two contenders – the APC and the PDP – was less than the number of registered voters in areas where elections did not hold or was cancelled due to irregularities, thus necessitating a supplementary election, as required by the electoral law.
Announcing the total result (substantive and supplementary) polled by the candidates in the early hours of Sunday, Prof. Obe declared Governor Okorocha winner, having polled the highest number of votes and having satisfied the requirement of the law.
Okorocha polled a total of 416,996 votes out of the total 806,764 votes cast in the election.
Coming second is the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and governorship candidate of the PDP, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha with 320,705 and Emmanuel Iheanacho of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) coming a distant third with 28,434 votes.