By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
The people of Imo State were on Monday night thrown into unprecedented
jubilation as the Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha the governorship candidate
of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) merged victorious in the last
Saturday governorship election held in the state.
It was jubilation galore as INEC announced the results of
the election by 11 45pm Monday.
A cross section of the people, noted that the PDP victory marks the liberation of the people from the shackles of draconian administration of the out going Governor Rochas Okorocha.
According to them this victory is a big relief to the people of Imo
state who kept awake to hear the official declaration of the result by
the returning officer Prof. Francis Otunta.
However, the result of the election was declared thus, Chief Emeka
Ihedioha, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
and candidate of the PDP, won the election by defeating his closest
rival with a total of 83, 040 votes, and polling a total of 273,404
votes to emerge victorious.
Announcing the results, the Returning Officer Prof. Francis Otunta
said that the number of registered voters was 2,221,008 while the
total number of accredited voters for the election was 823,746.
The total valid votes cast he continued was 714,355; rejected votes
were 25,130 while total votes cast is 739,485.
He said that the AA, APC and APGA trailed behind the PDP with
individual vote haul of 190364, 96458, 114676 respectively.
According to him, the governorship poll which was contested by 70
candidates saw the PDP candidate, Ihedioha winning in 11 local
government areas (LGAs) while his Action Alliance rival, Uche Nwosu,
won in 10 LGAs.
Senator Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressive Grand Alliance won in
four LGAs with Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress
winning in two LGAs only.
Speaking on the election, Ihedioha expressed his gratitude to God and
Imo people saying that Imo made a resounding statement with the
“This is not just victory for PDP, it is not victory for any section
of the state. It is a victory for Imo people regardless of where they
Ihedioha said he will restore public confidence in the institution of
government and promised to unite the people of Imo state under one
Ihedioha won in the entire nine council areas of Imo East. He also won
in Oguta (Imo West) and Obowo (Imo North).
The UPP governorship candidate, Tony Nwulu and the APP governorship
candidate, Bruno Oparaocha have since called and congratulated
Report reaching us from Owerri said that people particularly PDP
members are still drinking and rejoicing as the time our correspondent
filling this report.