Orji Kalu’s brother suffers heavy defeat in Abia bye-election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Aba North/South Federal Constituency bye-election, Chimobi Ebisike, the winner of the yesterday polls and returned him elected.
Ebisike routed Uzor, who happened to be his closest Challenger, by polling more than double of Uzor’s votes as shown by results announced by INEC.
He polled a total of 10,322 votes to defeat his closest challenger and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, chief Mascot Uzor Kalu who scored 3,674 votes.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance and Action Alliance were the other political parties that fielded candidates in the election.
The returning Officer Prof. Fedelis Okpata, said, ”The election was contested and the candidates received the following votes: AA candidate, 199 votes; Mascot Uzor Kalu, of the APC scored 3,674 votes; Akaraka Destiny of APGA polled 1,554 votes; Abraham Okonkwo of APM scored 10 votes; Uwando Chima of MRM polled 13 votes; Chimobi Iheanyichikwu Ebisieke of PDP, polled 10,322 votes.”
The Returning Officer announced the winner on Sunday morning, saying, “That Chimobi Iheanyichukwu Ebisike of PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected”.
Mascot Uzor Kalu is a younger brother of former governor of the state, Orji Uzor Kalu, who is now Chief Whip of the upper legislative chamber.
With this development, Abia State remains one of the strongholds of the PDP in the Southeast.