Nigeria’s ruling party loses delayed governorship vote

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LAGOS — Nigeria’s ruling party on Saturday lost the delayed governorship vote in southeastern state of Imo to the opposition All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), a senior electoral official said.

Rochas Okorocha of APGA polled 336,859 votes to beat incumbent Governor Ikedim Ohakim of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 290,496 following Friday’s mop-up election in the state,

Hillary Odo Udoga announced in a televised address.

“Having satisfied the provisions of the electoral act with the highest number of votes, Rochas Okorocha is hereby declared as the governor-elect,” Udoga said.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had ordered fresh elections in four local government areas and one ward in a fifth on Friday following complaints of irregularities during the April 26 governorship vote in the oil-producing state.

The PDP of President Goodluck Jonathan is now in charge of 24 of Nigeria’s 36 states. The ruling party was in control of 27 states before the 2011 vote.

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