By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The first-ever online poll conducted by Energy FM 105.5 on the popularity of governorship candidates for the 2023 general election in Enugu State has ended in favour of Hon. Chijioke Edeoga of the Labour Party.
For two weeks, respondents voted for the candidate they would prefer to take over the Lion Building on May 29, 2023. Each was required to vote just once on the Facebook portal provided by the radio station.
The governorship candidates from which the respondents were asked to choose were CJ Edeoga of LP, Uche Nnaji of APC, Peter Mbah of PDP, C. D. Ogbe of AA, Frank Nweke Jr. of APGA, and Chris Agu of PRP.
Energy FM announced the results in a statement published Monday evening: “After the collation of results by our in-house panel, Labour Party came tops with 24.2% of the votes, while Action Alliance came second with 16.2% of the votes; APC completed the third position with 4.2% of the total votes; other parties that scored 4th, 5th and 6th were PDP, APGA and PRP respectively….with invalid votes making up 10% of the total online votes.”
It is the third time polls are pointing toward LP’s Edeoga as the candidate expected to win the governorship election in Enugu State in March 2023.
Until a new electoral law came into force early this year, Enugu had remained a one-party state, as the PDP in collaboration with corrupt INEC officials and security agents used to compile fictitious results from the comfort of hotel rooms ahead of Election Day. Since election rigging has been banished by the Electoral Act 2022 and political consciousness has risen among the electorate, the LP has become the most popular party in Enugu State.