Atiku in early lead as INEC declares Abia presidential poll results
From Steve Oko, Umuahia
Results of the presidential election so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have shown that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, is in the early lead.
Atiku has won in six out of the seven Local Government Area results so far declared by the respective Council Returning Officers at the INEC headquarters in Umuahia.
Abia comprises 17 LGAs out of which seven has been declared living a balance of 10 LGAs.
According to the results, Atiku won in Ikwuano LGA with 7,345 votes while President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress, APC, came a distant second with 3311 votes. All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA scored 525 votes to place third.
Atiku also floored Buhari in Isiala Ngwa South LGA after polling a whopping 12,467 votes against Buhari’s 3,161 votes.
In Bende LGA however, Buhari finished top with 9,233 votes while Atiku closed in with 6,649 votes.
Bende is the home LGA of former Governor and Abia North senatorial candidate of APC, Orji Uzor Kalu who was also declared winner of the senatorial contest after displacing the incumbent Senator Mao Ohuabunwa of the PDP.
The PDP candidate cleared Umuahia South and Umunneochi LGAs with 9,539; and 8,307 votes respectively.
APC scored 5,831 and 4324 votes respectively.
It was also a landslide for PDP in Osisioma LGA where Atiku polled 9,454 out of the 12,608 total accredited voters.
Buhari crawled behind with paltry 1,342 votes.
In Isiala Ngwa North, Atiku also thrashed Buhari after polling 13,500 while the APC candidate managed to secure 2,544 votes.
Results in the remaining 10 LGAs are still being expected as at the time of filing this report.
The results were being declared by the LGA Collation Officers in the presence of the state Collation Officer, Professor C. U Nwajiuba of the Federal University Abakaliki.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Abia State , Dr. Joesph Ilo was also present at the event while journalists and security operatives kept vigil .
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