Reporter : IFESINACHI UGWUEZE
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs. Catherine Amaka Ugwueze, has been declared winner of the December 5 Isi-Uzo State Constituency bye-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu State.
Declaring the result in the early hours of Sunday at the INEC office in Ikem, the headquarters of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area, the INEC Collation Officer, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwachukwu, announced that Mrs. Ugwueze scored 11,047 (eleven thousand and forty-seven) votes to defeat her closest rival, Prince Ejiofor McDonald Okwor, who scored 2,293 (two thousand, two hundred and ninety-three) votes.
Radio Nigeria had reported earlier that the exercise was peaceful, though with low turnout of voters in most of the polling units visited.
However, there were accusations and counter accusations of intimidation, vote buying and multiple voting attempt by the two major contesting parties, which resulted in physical fight in few polling units.
It was also alleged that hoodlums attacked a vehicle conveying official and materials from one electoral ward to the collation centre and burnt ballot boxes and original copies of results.
The presence of security personnel at every polling unit forestalled further breakdown of law and order during and after the election.
About nine political parties participated in the bye-election.
The bye-election was necessitated by the death of the member representing Isi-Uzo Constituency at the Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Chijioke Ugwueze in June 2020 during a brief illness.
Meanwhile, the winner of the Saturday’s bye-election, Mrs. Amaka Ugwueze is the wife of the late lawmaker.