Atiku declared winner in Abia

Atiku Abubakar

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday announced Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of Saturday’s presidential election in Abia.

The result was announced at the National Collation Centre (ICC) Abuja, by Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, the Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi, who was the collation officer for the election in the state.

Prof Nwajiuba announced that Atiku polled 219,698 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, who scored 85,048 votes.

Similarly, Donald Duke of Social Democratic Party (SDP) was announced as coming third with 472 votes.

According to him, Obadiah Mailafia of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) scored 336 votes, Omoyele Sowore of African Action Congress (AAC) polled 212 votes and Yusuf Yabagi of Action Democratic Party (ADP) got 131 votes.

He said the number of registered voters in Abia was 1,793,861 but 361,561 were accredited, while votes cast in the polls were 344,471 with 21,180 rejected.

Nwajiuba noted that 98 polling units across seven local government areas of the state were affected, while the number of registered voters affected was 59,825.