Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has been declared the winner of the governorship election in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Uzodinma as the winner of the poll held on Saturday, November 12, 2023.
The state Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, who is also the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, announced the results on Sunday morning at INEC’s state collation centre in Owerri, the state capital.
The governor, who contested the election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner of the election with 540,308, votes while Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came a distant second with a total of 71,503 votes.
Athan Achonu of the Labour Party polled 64,081 votes to come third in the election.
Anthony Ejiogu of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) garnered 6,392 votes to come fourth and Jack Ogunewe of the Action Alliance (AA) came fifth with 5,756 votes.
The state’s Returning Officer said, “I, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, I was the Returning officer for the Imo state governorship election held on November 11, 2023. That the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Hope Uzodimma, having scored the highest number of votes and satisfied the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner of the election and returned elected.”
By the results, the governor cleared all the 27 local government areas of the state.
He will be sworn in for a second term in office on January 14, 2024.