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BREAKING: INEC Declares Hope Uzodimma Winner Of Imo Governorship Election

The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma I got, has been declared as the winner of the state governorship election held on Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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.

He declared Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the election with 540,308, votes while Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party 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 garnered 6,392 votes to come fourth and Jack Ogunewe of the Action Alliance 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, Good 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.”

The results announced by INEC showed that Uzodimma swept all the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.

With this result, Uzodimma will be sworn – in for a second term in office on January 14, 2024.

Earlier, the State Agent of the LP, Callistus Ihejiagwa, was beaten and bundled out of the state Collation centre after he protested the results announced by the Local Government Areas Retuning officers.

He said that the results were manipulated in the favour of the APC candidate.

The state Agent of the PDP, Kissinger Ikeokwu, immediately left the collation centre.

However, PDP and LP had on Saturday night called for an outright cancelation of the poll.

The PDP candidate, Samuel Anyanwu, in a press conference, said that the election was rigged in the favour of Uzodimma.

Also, the deputy governorship candidate of the LP, Tony Nwulu, said that the security agents provided security for INEC staff and APC members to rig the poll.

He said that the position of his party was for INEC to cancel the election.

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Tinubu Never Said Governor Uzodinma Was Blocking Release of Nnamdi Kanu – Presidency

The Presidency has denied reports that  Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State “blocked” President Bola Tinubu from releasing Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The denial was issued on Tuesday by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga.
He described the report as fake news.
In a statement he released, Onanuga explained that Tinubu never met with Igbo businessmen with the aim of releasing Kanu.
It was reported that Tinubu revealed that efforts by his government to release Kanu from prison have been frustrated by Uzodinma.
Tinubu was reported to have said during the meeting that the Governor gave reasons why releasing Kanu before the Imo elections was dangerous
It was alleged that the President said, “Uzodinma told me the dangers of releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu now that the Governorship election of Imo state is at the corner. My intention was to order for his release a few weeks ago when our brother, Igboho was released but I was surprised when the Governor of Imo State approached me to reverse my decision to do so. My reason to even attempt to release him is to enable the people of the South East geopolitical zone have peace. The zone has witnessed major security challenges where armed security militia, ESN has killed several souls”The fake news on Uzodimma
Reacting, Onanuga urged Imo people to disregard the alleged fake news against Uzodinma.
The terse statement reads: “The people of Imo State should please disregard the fake news in circulation that Governor Hope Uzodimma is blocking the release of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu by President Bola Tinubu.
“The fake news is obviously designed to build some resentment against the governor who has done very well for his people and who deserves a second term via Saturday’s election.
“President Tinubu did not meet Igbo businessmen on Monday. He didn’t say what was ascribed to him. He didn’t blame Gov. Uzodimma for anything.
“Sahara Reporters did not report the fake news. The link provided did not lead to the fake news on the Sahara Reporters platform.
“It’s all wicked lies by politically desperate people