The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate has been declared the winner of the March 18 state governorship election.
Declaring the result at the State headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abakaliki on Sunday, State Officer Charles Igwe said Mr. Nwifuru polled a total of 199,131 votes in the 13 local governments of the state.
His closest challenger, Ifeanyi Odii of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), got a total of 80,191 votes to come second.
The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Bernard Odoh, came third with 52,189 votes.
“I, Professor Charles Igwe, hereby certify that I am an officer of the governorship election held on March 18, 2023 in Ebonyi State.
“Francis Nwifuru of the APC who has fulfilled the requirements of the law and obtained the most votes is declared the winner and is returned elected,” he said.
Mr. Igwe, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsuka, said the total number of valid votes was 342,554, while 7,387 votes were rejected; bringing the total number of votes cast for the election to 349,941.
Meanwhile, Governor-elect Francis Nwifuru has thanked the people of Ebonyi State for relinquishing their mandate for the next four years.
Mr. Nwifuru in his acceptance speech expressed his unwavering loyalty to the patriotic citizens of Ebonyi State for electing him and promised to never let them down.
He commended Governor Dave Umahi for his support.
Mr. Nwifuru, who is the current Speaker of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, described his victory as a victory for equity and justice.
He described the election as a reflection of the wishes of the people who were determined and enthusiastic to strengthen the development of the state.
Infographic designed by Richard Akinwumi
See the final results below.
Registered voters- 1597646
TOTAL VALID VOTES 342554
NO VOTES 7387
349941 TOTAL VOTES
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