The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jude Ogbimi, has been declared as the winner of the Isoko North Constituency by-election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Delta State House of Assembly by-election was keenly contested by 11 political parties in the state.
The constituency’s seat became vacant following the death of Hon. Tim Owhefere, who was the Majority Leader of the Assembly until his demise.
The New Diplomat had reported that the Owhefere, who is also a PDP Chieftain, died of suspected COVID-19 complications.
Meanwhile, the returning officer, Professor Christopher Onosemuode of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE), announced that Ogbimi of the PDP scored 29, 421 votes to defeat his closet rival, Emmanuel Tabuko of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 2,543 votes.
While Agose Ogagaoghene, of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) came third with 66 votes.
In his words, “I, Prof. Christopher Onosemuode of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, (FUPRE), Effurun, Delta State, hereby declare that Mr Jude Ogbimi of the PDP, having scored the highest number of valid votes, is hereby declared winner of the Isoko North Constituency by-election. The PDP candidate is hereby declared winner in line with electoral guidelines.”
Reacting to the victory, Ogbimi, expressed his gratitude to God and the people of Isoko North, who made the victory possible.
The lawmaker-elect also assured the people of Isoko North of good representation and good governance.
According to him, “two years is quite short but not an excuse not to put things in place”.