After the rerun elections in Essien Udim Council Area of Akwa Ibom State conducted on Saturday, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has won all the three seats of Senatorial, Federal House of Representatives and State House of Assembly.
The final results released and signed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, showed that the People’s Democratic party Senatorial candidate Christopher Ekpenyong defeated Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress having scored 134,717 as against 83,820 votes.
In the House of Representatives results, Ekong Nsikak of the PDP scored 45,366 votes to defeat his counterpart of the APC who came behind with 22,757 votes.
The People’s Democratic party’s candidate for the state of Assembly, Esse Umoh, polled 18,999 votes to defeat Nse Ntuen of the APC who scored 7,108 votes.
The All Progressives Congress in the state had on Friday announced withdrawal from the Re-run polls, citing alleged bias of the Independent National Electoral Commission as reason for the withdrawal.
The chairman of the party, Ini Okopido, had said that the party was no longer comfortable to go into any election supervised by Mike Igini, because of his alleged hatred for the party.
“We have officially as a party withdrawn from the Re-run election in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. We’re so dissatisfied with the conduct of INEC in the state.
“As far as we are concerned, Igini, has shown unprecedented bias against APC. We know he does not like us and if he conducts any election in the state we will not participate” Okopido had said.
Speaking while reacting to the purported withdrawal, a PDP Chieftain and Commissioner of Trade and Investment, Prince Akpabio,. described the withdrawal as “political gimmick” to deceive the PDP.
He said, “The withdrawal was a gimmick to deceive the PDP, but we are conscious of their antics.”