Hope Uzodinma declared winner of Imo state governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Uzodimma, as the winner, securing his re-election as the Governor of Imo State.

INEC has officially declared Governor Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the November 11, 2023, governorship election in the state.

Prof Abayomi Fashina, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, and the state Returning Officer, declared Hope Uzodimma re-elected on Sunday morning around 10 am. This followed over eight hours of collation of local government results, with Fashina stating, “That you Hope Uzodimma of APC having satisfied the law is hereby returned elected.”

Uzodimma trounced PDP’s Samuel Anyanwu, Labour Party (LP)’s Nneji Achonu, Jack Ogunewe of the Action Alliance (AA), 14 other opponents.

The APC candidate polled 540, 308 votes to defeat his closest rivals, PDP’s Anyanwu, who scored 71,503 votes and LP’s Achonu who got 64,081.

The eight-hour marathon collation of results from 2:30am to 8:30am on Sunday was fraught with drama and protest from opposition party agents who complained that the results brought before the state collation centre were at variance with what was uploaded on the Result Viewing Portal of the commission.

Labour Party agents and others vehemently demanded the suspension of the results collation but the returning officer insisted that the collation be concluded.

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According to INEC, the number of registered voters in the state for the poll was 2, 419,922 with 2,318,919 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) collected.

Generally, observers said Saturday’s governorship poll in the South-East state was marred by vote buying, voter intimidation, violence and other electoral malpractices with antigraft agencies arresting party agents with stashed cash.

Like Imo, governorship elections were held in Kogi and Bayelsa on November 11, 2023, though the collation of results in the two states has been adjourned to Sunday morning.

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