By Sabiu Abdullahi
Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared the winner of the Imo State governorship election, dominating with 540,308 votes.
The announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) came from the state Returning Officer, Prof. Abayomi Fasina. Uzodimma’s triumph extended across all 27 Local Government Areas, setting the stage for his second term, set to commence with the swearing-in ceremony on January 14, 2024.
Controversy marred the declaration as the State Agent of the Labour Party, Callistus Ihejiagwa, was forcefully removed after alleging result manipulation in favor of the APC.
The PDP, along with the LP, has called for the poll’s outright cancellation, citing rigged results.
Tensions remain high as calls for investigations into alleged irregularities persist.