The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of Saturday governorship election in Delta.

The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Bio Nyananyo, announced in Asaba that Okowa polled 724,680 votes to beat his closest rival, Chief Great Ogboru of the Labour Party, who got 130,028 votes.

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Chief O’tega Emerhor of All Progressives Congress (APC) finished in the 3rd position with 67,825 votes.

Nyananyo said that Okowa won in 21 local government areas out of the 25 in the state while Ogboru clinched the remaining four LGAs.

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“Okowa, having won the highest votes in the elections, which was contested and having satisfied the provisions of the law is hereby returned as winner and governorship-elect for Delta”, he declared.

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He announced that 18 political parties participated in the governorship election while there were 2, 044,372 registered voters and 1,017,796 accredited voters.

He said the exercise recorded 931,808 valid votes while 24,913 ballots were rejected.

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