PDP Wins Akwa Ibom Governorship Election
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the gubernatorial election in Akwa Ibom State.
By this, the candidate of the party, Udom Emmanuel, who is the incumbent governor has successfully actualised his second term ambition.
The governor polled 519,712 votes to emerged victorious. He was trailed by Nsima Ekere of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who came second with 171,978 votes.
This was announced by the state returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Faraday Orunmwense, a professor and vice chancellor of the University of Benin.
Mr Orunmwense, in the presence of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the state, Mike Igini, made the announcement at the headquarters of the electoral body early on Monday morning.
Already, the APC has rejected the outcome of the governorship election which saw Mr Emmanuel winning 30 out of the 31 local government areas of the state.
Samuel Akpan, the representative of the APC accused INEC of assisting the PDP in rigging the election. He thereafter walked out of the collation centre after making known his party’s rejection of the poll.
The governor only lost in Essien Udim local government area where Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of the state and Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West, comes from.
Mr Akpabio, who single-handedly installed Emmanuel after serving out his two term as governor of the state under the PDP, had promised to deliver the state to the APC, a party he decamped to last year August.
The former governor who could no longer deliver the state as he promised also lost his second term bid to return to the red chamber.