Nigerian Senator, Victor Umeh, who was declared the winner of Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election held in January, has joined Nigeria’s sleeping lawmakers hall of fame barely two months after joining the Nigerian Senate.
The Nigerian Senator is currently trending on social media, after he was caught on camera dozing off.
In an election that witnessed one of the lowest turnouts in history of elections in the country, Mr Victor Umeh garnered 64,879 votes out of about 67000 votes cast in the seven local government areas of the zone, defeating 13 other challengers to clinch the Senatorial seat. That is a margin of over 95 percent over his opponents.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chris Ngige, came a distant second with just 975 votes while the standard-bearer of the Progressive Peoples Alliance placed third with 116 votes. Mr. Ngige had earlier announced his withdrawal from the election.
Results for other candidates are AA-35, ACD-33, ADC-57, GPN-48, ID-14, KOWA-12, LP-95, MPPP-111, NCP-72, PDP-5, and UPP-55.
The former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Victor Umeh’s victory came almost three years after the 2015 general election in the state.
In that election, he lost to the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Uche Ekwunife. That election was however nullified in November 2015 by the Court of Appeal which also disqualified the PDP from taking part in Saturday’s election.
The election recorded one of the lowest turnout in recent times with over 90 percent of voters boycotting the elections according to results.
Ngige however asked his supporters to boycott the election, saying he had written to INEC to inform it of his withdrawal from the race.
The minister wondered why the electoral body “mischievously included his name on the list of contestants” after he had since January 2016 written the electoral commission that he had withdrawn from the race. He threatened to sue INEC for trying to ridicule him and use his name to give credibility to the election.