By Kennedy Dimaku/Stella Ononuju
The Returning Officer for Abia State House of Assembly rerun election
for Ikwuano Local Government, Mrs. Akidi, Juliana Obageli has
declared Theophilus Odionyenfe Ugboaja of All Progressive Grand
Alliance, APGA, as the winner of the election.
Declaring the result, Akidi said, “I hereby declare that Theophilus
Odionyenfe Ugboaja of All Progressive Grand Alliance hereby satisfy
the requirement of the law, and having scored the highest number of
votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.
Ugboaja pulled a total of 4,791 votes to defeat his closest rival,
Ekeneme Chima Nkibe of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 4,742
in a keenly contested election.
A graphical representation of the result showed that out of the ten
wards that made up Ikwuano Local Government, Ugboaja had his victory
in Oboro I, Oboro III, Oboro IV, Ubaka and Ariam Wards. Nkibe on the
other hand won in Oloko I, Oloko II, Ibere I, Ibere II, and Oboro II
However, there was relatively low turnout of electorate considering
that Ikwuano had 46, 781 registered voters. 11,316 voters were
accredited; while 10,910 votes were cast and 545 votes were invalid.
Meanwhile, Ugboaja thanked the people for reposing confidence in him
and returning him to the state legislative house. He promised he would
ensure good representation vis a vie initiating laws that would impact
positively on the lives of the people.
He maintained that youth empowerment would be his priority mostly now
that the government is diversifying the economy through agriculture.