The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), after supplementary elections conducted on Saturday, April 25, 2015, has declared the eventual winners of the gubernatorial elections of Taraba, Abia and Imo states which was initially declared inconclusive on April 12.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State, Darius Ishaku polled 369,318 votes to beat his closest opponent and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Aisha Alhassan, who polled 275,984 votes and therefore was declared winner of the Taraba governorship election.
The supplementary election in the state held in 10 local government areas where the April 11 elections were declared inconclusive which include Bali Zing, Takum, Yorro, Donga, Wukari, Ussa, Karim Lamido, Kurmi and Jalingo LGAs. A potential 127,125 registered voters expected to exercise their franchise.
In Abia State, which is another state where supplementary governorship election was held on Saturday after election of April 11 was declared inconclusive by INEC, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Okezie Ikpeazu, emerged the winner of the governorship elections as was declared by the electoral body.
Mr. Ikpeazu polled 264,713 to defeat the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Alex Otti, who polled 180,882 votes.
The result, which was declared on Sunday morning came through after the supplementary elections of Saturday was held in all the areas earlier listed by INEC for the re-run election without violence.
In Imo State, the outcome was quite different for the PDP as the incumbent governor of the state and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Rochas Okorocha retained his seat, thereby securing a second term in office.
INEC declared Mr. Okorocha the winner of the supplementary election held on Saturday after he polled 416,996 votes as against the 320,705 votes gotten by his challenger, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP.
The result of the supplementary elections will not come as a surprise to the governor, who has always expressed optimism that he would come out victorious no matter the circumstance in the election.
Supplementary House of Assembly elections was also held in some other states across the country in areas where elections had been declared inconclusive. The supplementary elections were generally adjudged peaceful.