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Victor Umeh wins Anambra Central Senatorial rerun

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Ibrahim Sha’aban
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Victor Umeh, has won the Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election held on Saturday.

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Defeated 13 other challengers to clinch the Senatorial seat, Mr Umeh garnered 64,879 votes out of about 67000 votes cast in the seven local government areas of the zone.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chris Ngige, came a distant second with just 975 votes while the standard-bearer of the Progressive Peoples Alliance placed third with 116 votes.

However, Mr. Ngige had earlier announced his withdrawal from the election. Nevertheless, he still managed to place a distant second with 975 votes.

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The labour minister was however included in the list of candidates by INEC whose officials claimed that it didn’t receive his letter of withdrawal.

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It could be recalled that Mr Umeh’s victory came almost three years after the 2015 general election in the state, which he lost to the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Uche Ekwunife.

That election was however nullified in November 2015 by the Court of Appeal which also disqualified the PDP from taking part in Saturday’s election.

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