Enugu Governor-elect, Mbah thanks Gov. Ugwuanyi, supporters

Enugu State Governor-elect, Dr. Peter Mbah

Enugu State Governor-elect, Dr. Peter Mbah, and his Deputy, Mr Ifeanyi Ossai, Wednesday night paid homage to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, to express their profound gratitude to the governor.

With Gov. Ugwuanyi to receive the visitors, were the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi; the State Chairman of the PDP, Augustine Nnamani; Senator Gil Nnaji; the lawmakers representing Enugu East/Isi-Uzo and Enugu North/South federal constituencies, Prince Cornelius Nnaji and Ofor Chukwuegbo respectively.

Others present were the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Enugu, Prof. Malachy Okwueze; Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Adaonah Kene-Uyanwune; Special Advisers to the Governor on Special Duties and Information, Uwakwe Azikiwe, and Steve Oruruo, amongst others.

Earlier before proceeding to Government House, Mbah paid a Thank-you visit to Enugu indigenes and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who have been occupying INEC Headquarters, Enugu, since March 20, demanding the announcement of the March 18 governorship election results.

INEC last night announced Mbah of the PDP winner of the Enugu governorship election held on March 18, after polling 160,895 votes to defeat his closest rival, Chief Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party (LP), who polled 157,552 votes.

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Prof. Madu Iwe, the State Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, declared the result on Wednesday at the State Collation Centre, INEC in Enugu.

Iwe said that Mbah of the PDP polled 160,895 votes to defeat his closest rival, Chief Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party (LP), who polled 157,552 votes.

Dr Frank Nweke of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) scored 17,983 votes, while Chief Uchenna Nnaji of All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 14,575 to emerge third and fourth positions, respectively.

Iwe said: “Dr Peter Mbah of PDP having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is duly returned elected.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the controversies surrounding the results from Nkanu East and Nsukka council areas were earlier put to rest after the review of the voting by a Review Panel at INEC headquarters in Abuja.

The returning officer said that the Review Panel upheld the electoral processes that produced the result of the Nsukka council area but had to adjust the votes of the Nkanu East council area.