By Ruth Oginyi
A University Don, Prof. Anthony Ani has been declared the winner of Ebonyi South Senatorial bye-election.
Prof Ani was APC candidate for the February 3rd bye election in the state.
Announcing the result in Afikpo Local Government Area of the state, the INEC Returning Officer for the election, Eze Uchechukwu said Ani won with 46,270 votes, defeating his closest rival, Ifeanyi Eleje of APGA who got 3,513.Silas Onu of the PDP polled 2,783 votes while Mr Linus Okorie of the LP scored 2,710 votes in the election.
According to Eze, Prof. Ani, having scored the highest number of votes and certified by the law, is declared the winner and is returned elected.
Meanwhile, the state Governor Francis Nwifuru has congratulated Prof. Anthony Okorie Ani on his victory in the just concluded Senatorial bye election in Ebonyi South Zone of the state.
The Governor in press statement by his Chief Press Secretary Dr. Monday Uzor
described the victory of Prof Ani as a testament of the people’s confidence in the candidate and the All progressive Congress.
” The people have once again made a loud statement through the ballot. The reason for the overwhelming victory of the APC candidate in the bye election is not far fetched , it is predicated on the modest achievements of our government on the platform of All Progressives Congress. Just like I said during our campaign, we were confident of victory because we chose a candidate with the pedigree and all it takes to win the election “
” I wish to use this medium to appreciate the leadership of APC, our supporters and indeed the entire people of Ebonyi South zone for their massive support to our candidates”
“To the the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as well as security agencies I give you kudos for your
firmness and unbiasedness which led to the smooth conduct of the election “
The Governor expressed confidence that the Senator elect when sworn- in will make the State and the Nation proud.