OWERRI – After a tension-soaked, day-long collation of results in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Chief Emeka Ihedioha was late Monday night declared winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state.
The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the Imo State gubernatorial election polling a total of 273,404 votes.
Ihedioha brushed aside the stiff challenge 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, 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) candidate, 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.