Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has been declared winner of the 2019 Governorship Election by the Independent National Electoral Com mission ( INEC) in Akwa Ibom State, southern Nigeria.
Udom Emmanuel who sought reelection for a second term in office under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) polled a total of 519,712 votes to defeat his closest rival, Nsima Ekere of the All Progressive Congress (APC )who secured 171,978 votes.
The State Returning Officer and vice chancellor of the University of Benin (Uniben) Prof. Faraday Orumwense made the announcement at the INEC collation centre in Uyo in the early hours of Monday March 11th 2019.
According to Prof. Faraday, the state had 211,9827 registered voters, 720,064 accredited voters, 696,245 valid votes , 15,792 rejected votes while the total votes cast was 712,037.
Elections held in all the 31 local government area in the state and Udom Emmanuel won in 30 LGAs with a wide margin.
The party agent of the APC, Samuel Akpan described the process as a sham, fraudulent and corrupt.
He cited irregularities in some polling units, vote buying and intimidation of voters in APC stronghold.
Mr. Akpan refused to sign the election register and communicated the position of his party which rejected the results and called for the cancellation of the elections in Akwa Ibom .
The State PDP chairman Mr. Paul Ekpo, reacting to the victory of his party said they dedicated the victory to God Almighty and thanked INEC for the good organization of the elections.
The Resident Returning Officer in the state Mr. Mike Igini thanked the people of Akwa Ibom for their conduct during the polls, and appreciated the dedication of INEC staff in the State.
50 political parties took part in the governorship elections in Akwa Ibom State and the turnout was massive.