- Abbey Ukpukpen, has won the Obudu state constituency bye election into the Cross River House of Assembly
- The PDP candidate has took over her husband's seat in the state House of Assembly, following her victory at the Obudu Constituency by-election
- Ukpukpen beat Ishamali Bendel of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
Abbey Ukpukpen, the widow of a member of the Cross River House of Assembly, Stephen Ukpukpen, has won Saturday’s bye election into the House of Assembly.
According to a report by Sahara Reporters, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a staff of the University of Calabar took over her husband's seat, following her victory at the Obudu Constituency by-election.
The late Ukpukpen's seat was declared vacant after he passed on in May 2018.
Dr Frankland Briyai, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), announced the result on Sunday, August 12, in Obudu, Headquarters of Obudu local government.
Ukpukpen, scored 12,712 votes to beat Ishamali Bendel of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had 4,345 votes.
The REC commended the Electorate for the peaceful conduct of the exercise and urged them to replicate the same disposition in the 2019 year’s general elections.
Abbey will now replace her late husband in the assembly.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the bye-election to fill the vacant seat in the Lokoja-Kogi federal constituency which started on a peaceful note on Saturday, August 11, was later marred by violence, vote buying and intimidation in Lokoja.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent monitoring reported that the election was marred by political thugs going from one polling unit to another to perpetrate fraud.
Although policemen and other security agents were seen at the police stations, they looked the other way, while thugs terrorised people.
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