INEC Declares Otti Abia Gov-elect As LP Gets First Win

Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Labour Party’s (LP) Alex Otti winner of Abia State 2023 governorship poll.

Otti, a retired bank executive, emerged victorious as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Okey Ahiwe, in the March 18 exercise, according to Nnenna Oti, the commission’s returning officer in the state.

Otti polled 175,467 votes to defeat his closest contender Ahiw, who polled 88,529 when the results were announced in the state capital Umuahia.

Abia and Enugu states’ collation of results were suspended by the electoral body on Monday but resumed on Wednesday.

The result gives the LP its first victory in the 2023 election and the second governorship victory since Olusegun Mimiko used the platform to get elected in Ondo and his victory also ended the 24-year-old PDP monopoly in the state since Nigeria returned to civil rule in 1999.


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