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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday declared Mr Blyden Okanni of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Ngor Okpala State Constituency bye-election in Imo State.
Prof. Dennis Akoh, the INEC Returning Officer for the election, announced this in Owerri on Sunday evening.
Akoh said that Okanni polled 9,248 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Emeka Nwachukwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 7,161 votes.
Akoh, a professor at the Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwor (FUNAI) in Ebonyi, said the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr Christopher Nwaiwu placed third with 501 votes.
He said out of the 11 candidates that contested the by-election, the only female and candidate of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), Mrs Joy Nze, got 15 votes.
The returning officer said a total of 18,083 voters were accredited for the poll, out of a total of the 94,118 registered voters in the area.
He said the total valid votes cast were 17,280, while 582 votes were rejected.
The Eastern Updates had earlier reported that the Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asserted that the party will not accept any result written from Sentiero Hotel room in Saturday bye-election in Ngor-Okpala state constituency.
While speaking to journalists on Saturday, the Director-General of the New Media of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Collins Opuruzo, submitted that the people of Ngor-Okpala voted massively for the PDP and the party would not accept anything contrary.
The party accused the Governor of Imo State , Hope Uzodinma and the All Progressives Congress (APC), of invading Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area with over 70 masked men in more than 20 Hilux vehicles to intimidate, coerce and rig the elections.
Opuruzo said on their arrival, they shot a PDP official on his leg, adding that the victim is currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital at Mbaise.
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