Kate Polycarp, Umuahia
The Lawmaker Representing Aba North State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon. Aeron Uzodike has congratulated the Member elect, Aba North and Aba South Federal Constituency in the just concluded Bye Election, Hon. Chimaobi Ebisike.
He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a peaceful and credible election.
Hon.Uzodike while speaking to newsmen at his residence, said the Bye election conducted by INEC, could be described as the most credible and peaceful, because the people of Aba had the opportunity of voting their choice and no casualty or violence was recorded in any polling station across the constituency.
“Like every other election, the Aba election was not free of challenges, as the issue of card reader malfunctioning, low turn out, among other issues played out”, the lawmaker noted.
On the issue of low turnout among eligible voters, Hon. Uzodike opined that many people do not place much importance on Bye elections as compared to general elections.
He noted that voters could have decided to stay off the Aba bye election because the late member, Ossy Prestige, whose seat is to be replaced, has not been buried.
“Conducting an election to replace a late house member that has not been buried, can cause voter aparthy”, he said.
The lawmaker, added that in his unit, the exercise went smoothly with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) taking the day with 139 votes against 10 votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 3 for All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Similarly, a PDP chieftain in Ariaria ward 9, Hon. Iheanyi Ukaegbu, expressed satisfaction over the peaceful exercise, congratulating Hon. Ebisike on his victory.