The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday declared Ugonna Ozurigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the February 25 House of Representatives election conducted in Nwangele/Nkwerre/Isu/Njaba Federal Constituency of Imo State.
The collation officer for the federal constituency, Prof Rosetta Okechukwu, who announced the results at the collation office at the Nwangele Local Government Area, said the PDP candidate scored 19,971 votes, the Labour Party candidate got 9,372 votes to come second, while Harrison Nwadike of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 8,991 votes to come third.
INEC had on February 27 declared the election inconclusive, saying elections didn’t take place in parts of Njaba LGA.
But the PDP candidate challenged the electoral umpire’s decision to declare the election inconclusive.
Ozurigbo contended that his margin of votes was higher than the number of Permanent Voter Cards collected in areas the election didn’t take place.
It was after the review of the contentious issues that INEC, after two months, declared the PDP candidate winner of the election.
Shortly after his declaration, Ozurigbo said that the will of his people had prevailed.
He said he was going back to the House of Representatives to improve the lot of his constituents.