By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jude Ogbimi, winner of Saturday’s Isoko North Constituency by-election.
According to INEC, eleven political parties contested in the Assembly by-election.
The Returning Officer for the by-election, Professor Christopher Onosemuode of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun, who announced the result, said Mr Ogbimi scored 29,421 votes to defeat eight other candidates.
Prof. Onosemuode who is Dean of Postgraduate School of FUPRE, said the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Tabuko, scored 2,543 votes to emerge second while the candidate of the ADP, Agose Ogagaoghene, came third with 66 votes.
“I, Prof. Christopher Onosemuode of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE, Effurun, Delta State, hereby declare that Mr Jude Ogbimi of the PDP having scored the highest number of valid votes is hereby declared winner of the Isoko North Constituency by-election.
“The PDP candidate is hereby declared winner in line with electoral guidelines,” he said.
The House of Assembly by-election followed the death of former Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere.
In his reaction, Ogbimi said he was grateful to God and the people of Isoko North for the victory assuring that he will give the people the representation that they truly deserve.
He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his support and his monumental contributions to the development of Delta.
“We give glory to God for this victory and I must also thank Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his support especially in joining us to campaign in the 13 Wards of the Local Government Area.
“Gov. Okowa has created an enabling environment for the youths of Delta to thrive and as long as we are representing the people we will ensure that the people gets what they deserve.
“Although two years is quite a short time but not an excuse not to put things in place.”