The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Andy Uba the winner of the Anambra South senatorial re-run election held on Tuesday.
Announcing the results, the returning officer, Eugene Anang, said Mr Uba of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) polled 42,804 votes to beat his rival, Chuma Nzeribe of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) who polled 40,678.
The Court of Appeal had ordered fresh election for the senatorial district following a petition by Mr Nzeribe, who alleged anomalies in the first election, which was won by Mr Uba.
Mr Uba was initially elected as the Senator for the Anambra South constituency of Anambra State, in April 2011 but his election was annulled by the court because he wasn’t the legitimate candidate of the PDP in the election. The Court of Appeal also affirmed the ruling following Mr Uba’s appeal.
In 2007, Mr Uba was booted out of the office as governor of Anambra state after his election in the April 2007 polls when Peter Obi of APGA challenged the election on the grounds that the courts had only accepted that he (Obi) had won the April 2003 elections in a decision of 15 March 2006, hence he still had three more years to serve of his four-year term.