Former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Chukwunoyelum Umeh, has been declared the winner of the Anambra Central Senatorial District rerun election conducted yesterday in Anambra State the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Chief Victor Umeh received a landslide victory in the Anambra Central Senatorial District rerun election defeating 13 other challengers to emerge the Senator for District.
The election recorded one of the lowest turnouts in the country with over 90 percent of voters boycotting the elections according to results.
Of the registered 745,828 voters in the seven LGAs only a paltry 67,872 voters turned out for the election out of which Mr. Umeh garnered 64,879 votes casted in the seven local government areas of the zone.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chris Ngige, came a distant second with just 975 votes while the standard-bearer of the Progressive People’s Alliance placed third with 116 votes. Mr. Ngige had earlier announced his withdrawal from the election.
Mr Umeh’s victory came almost three years after the 2015 general election in the state; it also gave APGA its first Senate seat and places it on the list of the Nigeria Senate.
In that 2015 election, he lost to the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Uche Ekwunife; the election was nullified in November 2015 by the Court of Appeal which also disqualified the PDP from taking part in Saturday’s election.
Declaring the result after the final collation of the results at the INEC headquarters, the Returning Officer and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Charles Esimone said that Umeh having scored the highest costs and satisfied the provisions of the law “is hereby declared winner and duly returned.”
Results for other candidates are AA-35, ACD-33, ADC-57, GPN-48, ID-14, KOWA-12, LP-95, MPPP-111, NCP-72, PDP-5, and UPP-55.