It is official. At last, former House of Representatives deputy speaker, Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won the Imo State gubernatorial election polling a total of 273,404 votes.
Ihedioha brushed aside the stiff challenges mounted by Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of the incumbent governor, Rochas Okoroacha, to clinch the victory. Nwosu finished in the second position in the contest.
According to the state Returning Officer, Professor Francis Otunta, Vice-Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, in a declaration made at 11pm on Monday night, Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA), polled a total of 190.364 votes.
The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Ifeanyi Ararume, placed third in the election, scoring 114,676, with All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Hope Uzodinma finishing in the fourth position with 96,458 votes.
Ihedioha was victorious in 11 of Imo’s 27 local government areas; Nwosu won in 10, Ararume in four while Uzodinma took the rest three.