27th February, 2022
By Benson Ezugwu
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Mr Jude Ngaji of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency by-election in Cross River.
Dr John Edor, the INEC Returning Officer for the election, announced the result on Sunday in Ogoja.
Ngaji scored 22,778 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Mike Usibe of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), who garnered 20,590 votes.
Reacting, Mr Alphonsus Eba, the state APC chairman, commended INEC for a good job.
“The use of BVAS facilitated free and fair election,” he said.
He commended President Muhammad Buhari for signing the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, 2022, into law.
“This will surely strengthen the electoral process, ” he said.
Mr Venatius Ikem, the state PDP chairman, said his party was still studying the situation and will respond at the most appropriate time.
“There were discrepancies noticed during the election in many polling units but the party will respond in due course,” he said.