Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and PDP governorship candidate election has been declared the winner of the Ebonyi governorship election.
Prof Frank Chukwuemeka, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) State Collation Officer for Ebonyi governorship announced Umahi as the winner on Sunday, in Abakaliki.
Announcing the final results at the INEC headquarters Abakaliki on Sunday at 20:00 hr, Chukwuemeka disclosed that Umahi polled a total of 393,043 votes to defeat his distant rival, Sen Sonni Ogbuoji of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 81,703 votes to emerge the winner.
The collation officer said that the results collated from the 13 local government areas of the state showed that the PDP candidate won in all the 171 registration areas and 13 local government areas respectively.
According to him, total valid votes cast in the election is 482,018, total rejected votes 4,984 while total votes cast was 493,002.
“I, Prof Frank Chukwuemeka, state officer for the Ebonyi governorship election held on Saturday, March 9 hereby declare the candidate of the PDP, Chief Dave Umahi, winner of the governorship election having won the highest number of votes cast in the election.
“He has fulfilled the requirements of the law and is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” Chukwuemeka said.