The Labor Party’s candidate in the Abia State House of Representatives Assembly elections, Uche Okoro, has been declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Election Commission.
Okoro was declared the winner on Sunday morning by INEC Counting Officer Enebe Canice.
He obtained a total of 7,197 votes to defeat other party candidates such as the Popular Democratic Party 2,585), the Congress of All Progressives 2,963, the Great Alliance of All Progressives 1,078 and the Young Progressives Party, 1,729 among others.
Okoro had told THE WHISTLER
who hopes to win the elections to the Abia State Assembly.
Kalu is running against Mike Ukaoha of the All Progressives Congress, Samuel Uba of the Accord Party, Prince Ike Okoroafor of the Grand Alliance of All Progressives, and Austine Emeka Bonny of the Peoples’ Democratic Party.
Shortly after voting he said that all the permutations are in his favor following the wind of the Obedient Movement.
Kalu told THE WHISTLER “I will win. I am very sure of my victory”.
The candidate said that he is also satisfied with the electoral process so far and the speed of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) when it was accredited.
He said: “I think everything is really in order from the INEC. The staff are on the ground, accreditation is ongoing, it’s seamless, and that’s what we expect at all LGAs. I’m fine with the situation right now.
“BVAS was working fine and I want the accreditation speed in voting unit 001 to be replicated in other voting units. The BVAS is working for now and I would turn around and check other units”.
THE WHISTLER observed that the elections began at 8 a.m., when INEC officials arrived at the polling place at 7 a.m.
The electoral unit has a voting force of 815 people.
Speaking about voter turnout, Okoro said, “Unlike the presidential election, today we start quite early and the town criers are going around and we hope that by 9 am, a lot of people will turn out in droves.”