PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, in
Rivers State, has swept the seats in the
House of Assembly re-election held
last Saturday in six constituencies of
four local government areas.
In a statement signed by the State
Resident Electoral Commissioner,
REC, Dame Gesila Khan, INEC said
that the PDP candidates, having
satisfied the requirements of the law
by the returning officers, had been
declared winners.
The elected candidates are
Martyins Umana (Ahoada
East 1), Ehie Ogerenye Edison
(Ahoada East II) and Ogeh Samuel
(Emuoha). Others are Opurum
Iroanya Nwuzoma (Etche I) Tony
Uchechukwu Ejiogu (Etche II), and
Diri Kelly Adonye (Opobo/Nkoro).
The commission said that all
the elected members of the House
of Assembly will be issued their
certificates of return on a later date.
It will be recalled that the All
Progressives Congress, APC, in
the state, last Friday indicated
that it would not participate in the
election, accusing the state REC of
In Akwa Ibom State, the PDP has
also won 24 out of the 26 Assembly
seats declared by INEC on Sunday.
The result of the April 11, 2015
elections, which was delayed by
logistic problems, showed that the
APC only won in Urueffong Oruko
where Mr. Asuquo Asuquo was
returned as the winner.
The election for Ukanafun State
Constituency could not hold due
to the murder of the APC standard
bearer for the area, Mr. Okon Uwah,
two weeks before the election,
forcing INEC to cancel the polls for
the area.
Seven incumbents including, Mr.
Imeh Okon, Onofiok Luke, Friday
Iwok, Kirian Akpan, Victor Udofia
and Gabriel Toby, were returned
while 18 new entrants included two
women Mrs. Felicia Bassey and Mrs.
Mfon Ekong for Okobo and Nsit
Ubium state constituencies.
Four incumbent local council
bosses including Mr. Nse Ntuen,
Mr. Felicia Bassey, Mr. Mark Essiet
and Mrs. Mfon Ekong of Essien
Udim, Okobo,Nsit Atai and Nsit
Ibom councils respectively also
won elections into their respective
Meanwhile, APC House of
Assembly candidates in the elections
have called for the arrest and
prosecution of the State REC, Mr.
Austin Okojie, for allegedly aiding
the PDP to rig the elections.
They told a news conference in
Uyo that INEC also failed in its
duty to announce the winners of the
elections at the headquarters of the
state constituencies as required in
the 2010 Electoral Law.
Spokesperson of the group, Mr.
John Harry and candidate for Nsit
Atai State Constituency, described
the elections as a sham, alleging that
the delay in the announcement of the
results was designed to enable the
commission conclude the rigging of
the polls in favour of the PDP.

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