INEC declares Uzodinma winner, re-elected Imo gov

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Governor Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the November 11, 2023 governorship election in the state.

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Prof Abayomi Fashina, who was the state Returning Officer declared Uzodinma re-elected on Sunday morning at about 10 am after over eight hours of collation of local government results.

“That you Hope Uzodinma of APC having satisfied the law is hereby returned elected,” Fashina declared.

Uzodinma was first declared as Imo State governor by the Supreme Court in January 2020 after the nullification of the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a situation that made him attract more political enemies in the state now plagued with the security phenomenon of “unknown gunmen”, abductions and endless Monday’s sit-at-home by pro-secessionist sects.

Uzodinma, 64, sought re-election in Saturday’s poll and cleared all the 27 local government areas in the state.

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