Abaribe Leads APGA, APC in Abia North Senatorial Election

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The senator representing Abia South at the National Assembly, Enyinnaya Abaribe has so far recorded an early lead, coasting home to victory for unprecedented fourth term in the Senate.

From the results announced yesterday, Abaribe was ahead of his closest rivals in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) with over 28,000 votes.

The results were declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Aba.

However, the Returning Officer, Professor Ike Nwachukwu, declared that election will still be held in a few polling units in Aba North and South on Saturday.

Abaribe who was a deputy governor of Abia State had already won the entire 48 polling units before the cancellation, which was occasioned by fracas caused suspected APGA thugs who sensed that they had lost in the areas.

The results of the cancelled poll had already been signed by all the agents of the political parties.

Abaribe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was already leading with an unassailable votes of 51,432 while his closest rival, Chief Chris Nkwota of APGA scored 23, 330 to come a distance second.

Chief Mark Wabara of the APC polled 5,785 votes to come third.

The outspoken lawmaker who is currently the Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, won in four of the six local government areas in Abia South senatorial district.

It is believed to be impossible for the result to be upturned in the units where less than 20,000 voters have Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).

It could be recalled that less than 15,000 voters from entire ABA South local government turned out to vote in the last Saturday elections. Already Abaribe won all the contentious units where the results were disrupted.

Speaking after the declaration, Abaribe thanked the people of Abia South for the support and confidence reposed in him.

“Your voting overwhelmingly for me is a clear testament that our modeat efforts in the National Assembly is being recognised and assure you that I will double my effort to give our people a quality and vibrant representation in the Senate,” he said.