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Governorship Re-run: Okorocha Wins in Imo, PDP’s Ikpeazu wins

FROM IGNATIUS OKPARA, Owerri – Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressive Congress, APC on Saturday defeated his main rival, Emeka Ihedioha, of the peoples Democratic party, PDP in the governorship rerun election.

With the development, the governor, has secured the mandate of Imolites, to pilot the affairs of the state for another four years.Iheadioha, is the incumbent Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives.Okorocha, polled a total of 416,996 votes while Ihedioha scored 320,705.

Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Abia state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, was also victorious after beating Dr. Alex Otti of the All Progressive Grand Alliance with 248,459 votes to 165,406.

African Examiner observed that the elections in Imo and Abia witnessed low turnout of voters, compared to what happened on April 11.In the election earlier held on April 11, the candidate of the PDP in Abia, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, had polled 248, 459 votes, ahead of his All Progressives Grand Alliance counterpart, Dr. Alex Otti, who scored 165,406 votes out of the 439,454 total vote cast.

INEC’s Returning Officer, in Abia Professor Benjamin Ozumba, had declared the election inconclusive on the grounds that the 83,053 margin of lead was lower than the 175,532 total numbers of registered voters in the polling units where election did not hold or which results were cancelled.

The card readers deployed for accreditation of voters in Imo and Abia were reportedly functional, taking an average of two to three minutes to accredit a voter.


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