Mr Umo Eno, Governor-elect, Akwa Ibom State.

Abasifreke Effiong

Mr Umo Eno, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has been declared winner of the March 18th governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.

The result of the election declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday afternoon, Eno polled 356,348 out of 644,957 valid votes cast.

Candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Senator Bassey Albert, scored 135,724 while candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Akanimo Udofia, had 129,604.

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Speaking shortly after he was declared Governor-elect, Eno called on Akwa Ibom people and his opponents to join hands with him to build the State.

“I am stretching forth my hand to work with everybody including those who contested with me. We have only one Akwa Ibom”, he said.

Eno came under criticism few hours to the election after he said he would have a “happy hour”, a moment where government would subsidize drinks in choice bars on Friday for citizens.

Despite the criticisms his happy hour comment raised in the mainstream notably on a morning show on Arise TV anchored by former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, Eno, said “let the happy hour begin” after he was announced Governor-elect.