pdp dominates eboyi state

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the chairmanship

seats of the 13 Local Government Areas of Ebonyi in the

Saturday local council polls.

The party also won all the councillorship seats in the 171 wards

of the state.

Mr Jossy Eze, Chairman of the Ebonyi State Independent

Electoral Commission (EBSIEC) announced this on Sunday at

the commission’s headquarters in Abakaliki while declaring

result of the polls.

According to him, seven political parties participated in the

elections out of the 40 registered parties in the state including

the PDP and the All Progressive Congress (APC)

“The other parties that contested in the elections include: African

Democratic Party (ADC), African Peoples Party (APA) Merger

Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP) Social Democratic Party

(SDP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP).

“The PDP’s candidate in Abakaliki LGA, Emmanuel Nwangele

won with 65, 036 votes, Ogbonnaya Oko-Enyim won in Afikpo

LGA with 55, 808, Eni Uduma-Chima-Afikpo South 50, 894, Juliet

Nwaogbaga—Ebonyi, 54, 527 and Nora Aloh—Ezza North, 58,

423 votes.

“The PDP candidate in Ezza South LGA, Sunday Ogodo won with

50, 576 votes, John Nnabo—Ikwo, 77, 132, Henry Eze—Ishiellu,

68, 263, Ude Ogbonnaya—Ivo, 28, 787 Paul Nwogha—Izzi, 84,

088, Clement Odaa—Ohaukwu,84, 088, Nkechi Iyioku—

Ohaozara, 55, 698 and Felix Igboke—Onicha,59, 698 votes,” he

said.

Eze declared that the APC trailed in a distant second position

with an accumulated 5, 900 votes while most of the other

parties did not record a single vote in most LGA’s.

He commended the electorate, party agents, security officials,

observers, among other stakeholders, for ensuring a smooth

and credible electoral process, noting that cases of electoral

disturbances were very minimal.

“We have been able to deliver a credible election to Ebonyi

people despite inherent challenges as the state has the enviable

record of conducting LGA elections in the country, every three

years,” he said.

Mr Onyekachi Nwebonyi, state PDP Chairman, congratulated the

party faithful for the victory and noted that it was an indication

of what to expect in the state, in the 2019 general elections.

“This resounding success has proved that PDP is the only party

which viably exists in Ebonyi and we are not going to rest on our

oars until such feat is repeated in 2019,” he said.

Mr Splendour Eze, state Chairman of the Advanced Congress for

Democrats (ACD) hailed the smooth conduct of the election but

regretted that his party did not participate in it.

Eze, who is the state Secretary of the Inter Party Advisory

Council (IPAC), lamented that the current economic hardship in

the country made most parties not to participate in the election.

“The state governor was magnanimous to offset 50 per cent of

the nomination fees of N500, 000 for chairmanship candidates

and N100, 000 for councillorship positions, for registered parties

in the state.

“The balance despite the subsidy was still high as it was still not

within the reach of most parties,” he said.

Miss Isabella Monye, an Election Observer from Anambra,

however, disputed the high figures released by EBSIEC for the

elections, noting that it did not reflect what observers witnessed

in various polling units.

“During our monitoring on Saturday we observed that the

turnout for the election was poor so I wonder where EBSIEC got

these high figures from,” she said.

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