Atiku Floors 18LGAs, Beats Tinubu, Obi In Akwa Ibom As Akpabio Returns To Senate
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has won a total of 18 out of 23 Local Government Area (LGA) results announced Sunday night, taking a commanding lead over his All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP) counterparts, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Peter Obi respectively.
The collation was presided over by the State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Cyril Onoregbe, at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) State collation centre, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
Akwa Ibom State is made up of 31 LGAs.
Elections in some Wards, according to the Returning Officers (ROs), did not hold because of violence especially in Ikono, Etim Ekpo, Ini and other LGAs, where cases of snatching of BVAS and killings were reported.
Meanwhile, the immediate-past Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the Akwa Ibom North-West election to return to the Senate.
Akpabio won in the majority of the 10 LGAs making up the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District (Akwa Ibom North-West) including Ikot Ekpene, Essien Udim, Etim Ekpo, Ika, Oruk Anam and Abak LGAs, while his major challenger and former National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Emmanuel Enoidem, won in Ini and Obot Akara LGAs only.