At long last, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Mr Siminaliayi Fubara, has been declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The PDP’s flagbearer won in the 23 Local Government Areas of the state. The INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, said the PDP candidate polled 302,614 votes to defeat his closet rival Tonye Cole of the All Progressives Congress who scored 95,274 votes.
The Social Democratic Party candidate, Senator Magnus Abe, and Labour Party’s Beatrice Itubo came a distant third and fourth with 46,981 and 22,224 votes, respectively. Rim-Rukeh said a total of 496,852 were accredited for the March 18 governorship election out of the 3,537,190 registered voters in the state. He explained that of the 494,604 total votes cast, 483,934 were valid while 10, 670 were rejected votes.