OrderPaperToday – The bundle of losses for ranking legislators in the 9th National Assembly continued in Delta State, as the lawmaker representing Ethiope Federal Constituency, Ben Igbakpa, becomes the latest casualty.

Igbakpa lost the Tuesday primary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for the Constituency seat to Erhiatake Ibori-Suenu, daughter of a former governor in the State, James Ibori.

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At an earlier election held in Oghara on Sunday, the lawmaker had polled 34 votes to tie with his challenger, Ibori-Suenu who polled the same. The stalemate meant that a re-run had to be conducted.

In the rerun election, however, Igbakpa, garnered a paltry 22 votes compared to the daughter of the former Governor who polled 46 votes to emerge winner and flagbearer for the party at the 2023 National Assembly Elections.

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Accepting the outcome and openly conceding defeat, the outspoken lawmaker took to his Twitter Handle shortly after declaration of the result to thank his constituents for the opportunity granted him to serve them.

“I have lost my re-election bid. Being the representative of my people at @HouseNGR is one of the greatest honours of my life.

This journey that has seen us break barriers will come to an end in 2023. Until then, I will be full of dignity and gratitude for the opportunity.”

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The Delta lawmaker also used the opportunity to decry the outcome of the rerun election which he said did not reflect the wishes of the constituents.

“This is not the outcome we wanted. It is not the outcome the people of Ethiope Federal Constituency wanted. The cheers on Sunday, May 22, 2022, demonstrated that but it does not satisfy the appetite of a few to revise our progress and blur the vision of our people.
I feel proud of what we have built together in 3 years. We have touched the vast expanse of Ethiope Federal Constituency and given our people a loud voice. We have energised our resolve in this instance and vow to continue in the same spirit for progress and unity.
I will always remain devoted to the development of the Ethiope Federal Constituency and continue to advance my belief in democratic good governance. I wish the winners of today’s re-run all the best and I pray that the losers (the people) can endure the outcome and the aftermath,” he said.


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