The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has declared

Governor Udom Emmanuel of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP

winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Akwa Ibom state.

The Returning Officer Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, Faraday

Orumwense, who announced the result in Uyo, said that Governor

Emmanuel won in all the 31 local government areas of the state.

Orumwense said Emmanuel was re-elected governor having polled

519,712 votes. His main challenger, Nsima Ekere of the All Progressives

Congress, APC polled 171,978 votes.

Emmanuel Nwankpa of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA

polled 2547 votes and Ekene Uzodinma of the United Peoples Party,

UPP polled 1,476 votes.

Orumwense said that there were 2,119,727 registered voters in the state,

with 720,064 voters accredited. He said 696,245 valid votes were

recorded, while 15,792 votes were declared void. He noted that the

election was keenly contested, saying that 50 political parties contested

for the governorship election in the state.