Umuahia - The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mao Ohuabunwa has won the Abia North senatorial district rerun election.
Earlier reports of the elections being inconclusive were dismissed as erroneous.
Ohuabunwa polled 26 009 votes to defeat Orji Kalu of the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) who scored 25 814 votes and David Bourdex-Onuoha of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) who had 13 633 votes
Announcing the results on Sunday, the returning officer for the election, Ojike Nwankpa declared Ohuabunwa winner having scored the highest number of votes cast.
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At the end of collation of results on Saturday, he had mistakingly announced the election inconclusive.
The mistake was addressed by Edwin Enabor, head of education and publicity department of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Enabor in a press statement shortly after the election was declared inconclusive on Sunday said in a rerun election, a winner must emerge by simple majority
The statement read in part: “In a re-run election, a winner must emerge by simple majority. The margin of lead vis-a-vis the number of registered voters does not arise in a re-run election.”
- News 24