By EMMANUEL IRIOGBE.
Against political pundists expectations, it was a huge shock at the Labour Party’s governorship contest over the weekend when former Senator, Athan Achonu defeated Alex Otti andaother contestants.
Recall that Achonu once represented represented Imo North Senatorial District, in the redrchambers.
Agbaso was taunted to be the favourite to emerge victorious Saturday night but came a distant third by polling just a paltry 13 votes against Achonu’s 134 votes
According to the results announced in Owerri, the Chairman of the Electoral Panel and Abia Governor-elect, Alex Otti declared that
Achonu defeated his closest rival, Maj.-Gen. Lincoln Ogunewe, who scored 121 votes.
Other contestants, including Mr Martin Agbaso garnered 13, Mr Basil Maduka got one vote, Mr Ibe Ike polled three votes, Mr Sam Amadi received four votes while retired Capt. David Mbamara scored five votes.
Otti added that Mr Kelechi Nwagwu garnered nine votes, AIG Charles Agomuo got one vote while the only female contestant among the 16 aspirants, Mrs Ndidi Anike, secured only one vote.
The chairman thereafter commended the 296 delegates for their peaceful conduct during the exercise as well as the aspirants for their resilience.