Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Results trickling in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections so far in Abia State, indicate that the Labour Party of Mr Peter Obi is in the lead.
Obi swept St. Stephen’s Primary School polling units 022; and 024 respectively with a wide margin.
The former Anambra State Governor polled 182 out of the total 183 accredited votes in Polling Unit 024.
Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC; and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, got zero vote each.
The African Democratic Congress, ADC, got only one vote.
Meanwhile, Darlington Nwokocha of the Labour Party also won the Abia Central senatorial race with 150 votes while Col. Austin Akobundu of the PDP came second with 19 votes. Rep Sam Onuigbo of APC came a distant third with eight votes.
The All Progressives Congress, APGA got three votes while YPP secured only one vote in the senatorial contest.
In the same vein, Chief Obi Aguocha of Labour Party cleared the House of Representatives seat for Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency with 130 votes.
Speaker of the Abia House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Chinedu Orji got 37 votes while APC candidate, Chinedu Obilor secured five votes only.
APGA and YPP secured three votes each while ADC, APP and NNPC got one vote each.
In Polling Unit 022, Obi polled 114 out of the 134 accredited voters while Atiku got two, and APGA one vote.
Labour Party also won the senatorial race in the polling unit with 108 votes while PDP came a distant second with 13 votes.
Labour Party also came first in the House of Representatives race with 89 votes while PDP got 31 votes.
Reports from other parts of the state say that the Labour Party is leading the polls especially the presidential race.
The exercise was generally peaceful across the state as there were no incident of violence or ballot snatching in any part of the state.
There were also no case of malfunctioning of the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS machine.
But there was a complaint of network challenge in uploading the results in some of the machines at St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School.
Enthusiastic voters waited patiently to hear the announcement of the results as shouts of Obi rented the air intermittently as the votes were being counted.
Voters never bothered about the late evening rain in Umuahia that interrupted the counting as they patiently waited to see the end.