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Harrowing tales of how Ebonyi guber was won and lost

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Although the 2019 gubernatorial poll in Ebonyi State has come and gone, the lessons and experiences it left in the minds of both the political class and the electorate will linger.

The election results as announced by the Returning Officer, Prof. Chukwuemeka Eze, showed that Governor David Umahi of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled a total of 393, 343 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, who scored 81, 703 votes.

Senator Ogbuoji’s votes fell almost 10, 000 short of the over 90, 000 votes polled by President Muhammadu Buhari in the state, forcing many to ask if Ebonyi voters love Buhari more than their own son.To an extent, it was a remarkable landslide victory, the type that was not common, especially for incumbents seeking re-election in the state. But what was more stunning is that Afikpo South Local Government Area gave a historic 27, 720 votes to Governor Umahi as against the 9, 245 votes secured by the APC candidate, Senator Ogbuoji, who ironically hails from there.

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