Ousted governor wins re-run in Nigerian oil state

Emmanuel Uduaghan of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) was declared re-elected in Thursday's poll

Ousted governor wins re-run in Nigerian oil state

The governor of one of Nigeria's main oil states was declared the winner on Friday of an election seen as a litmus test for national polls in April, but his opponent questioned the conduct of the vote.

Emmanuel Uduaghan of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) was declared re-elected in Thursday's poll, which was held after a court last year overturned his 2007 election victory.

Thousands of armed police and soldiers were drafted into Delta state for the vote, but despite isolated acts of sabotage and intimidation, there was no major unrest.

Uduaghan won by a considerable margin, polling just over 275,000 votes compared to 138,000 for his nearest rival, Great Ogboru of the Democratic People's Party (DPP).

Ogboru earlier hinted he might not accept the result if Uduaghan won. He said some of his party agents had been unfairly arrested and he had doubts about how the election was conducted.

"This injustice must not be allowed to continue because of major irregularities in some (voting) areas," Ogboru told journalists in the state capital Asaba.

Military trucks carrying hundreds of soldiers arrived in the main oil city of Warri on Friday and were patrolling the streets, although there were no immediate signs of unrest.

The electoral commission has acknowledged there were some problems, including omissions on the voters' register and the late arrival of election materials, but said they were not enough to call the credibility of the poll into question.

Reuters

 

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