The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cleared all 17 Chairmanship seats in the Wednesday’s Local Government election in Abia State.
According to the result of the poll announced by the Chairman of the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC), Justice Igbozurike Akomas (retd) via the state radio, PDP candidates won the Chairmanship seats by landslide.
The results of counsellorship are still being awaited according to the radio announcement.
It was gathered that the result was announced around 3:30 am by the ABSIEC boss with only select media present unlike the tradition, where such announcements were made in the full glare of journalists and other stakeholders.
Only five political parties participated in the poll namely: the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressive Congress (APC), Progressive Peoples Alliance (APC) and Labour Party.
A breakdown of the results indicated that PDP candidate swept Obingwa LGA by 61,000, while his only challenger -APC got 1,350; in Isiala Ngwa South, only PDP fielded candidate in the election, and he polled 19,303 votes.
In Ukwa West APC scored 3,450, APGA 2,105 votes, and PDP 22,180; Isiala Ngwa North Council APC 6,843, APGA 3,399, PDP 25,198 votes.
Others include: Arochukwu where APC got 51, APGA 8,551 and PDP 17, 906; Bende APC 3,000, APGA 9,014, and PDP 30,300; Osisioma Council Area APC, 10,262, APGA, 11,339, and PDP 37,309; and Umuahia North: APC 2,311, APGA 5,891, while the PDP polled 72,981.
In Isiukwuato LGA APC scored 2,747, APGA 4,621 and PDP18,719; Ukwa East : APGA 3,729, APC 8 and PDP12,675; Ummunnochi : APC 2,802, PDP 33,580; Aba South : APC 7,015, APGA 4,003, PDP 38,009, Fresh Party 1,994.
Ikwuano : APC 1806, APGA 6101, and PDP, 17,630 votes; Aba North : APC 5,321, APGA 2,978 and PDP 48,805 votes; Umuahia South: LP 445, APC 4443, APGA 6,221 and PDP 19,831 votes , while in Ugwunagbo , LP got 190, APGA 5,005 and PDP 31,118 votes.
Meanwhile the opposition has roundly rejected the result saying it was fabricated in favour of PDP.