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,
“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
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.