After almost 68 hours of controversial governorship election, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives polled a total of 273, 404 votes to emerge winner of 2019 governorship election.
He was followed by the Governor’s son-in-law, Mr. Uche Nwosu who scored 190, 364 with controversies sorrounding his votes,which were alleged to have been a product of irregularities.
Senator Ifeanyi Ararume however came 3rd with 114, 676 votes.
The All Progressives Congress Party candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma came distant 4th scoring less than 100, 000. Hope Uzodinma had joined the fight with Prince Eze Madumere to retrieve APC from Governor Rochas Okorocha. It was said that Uzodinma’s refusal to allow the Deputy Governor of Imo State fly the flag of the party led to the woeful performance of the party.
Meanwhile, Prince Madumere has been flood of congratulatory messages to Imo Deputy Governor over his role against Okorocha’s anti-people policies and strong stance against foisting his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu on Imo people.
According to Chief I.B Okafor, chieftain of All Progressives Congress; ” Madumere deserves to be celebrated for his sacrifices to ensure that political space was open for true democratic process for Imo people to choose their leader. APC lost because of Okorocha’s insistence on not heeding to advice even from his close political associate like Madumere. We are happy that Imo people are happy and Madumere is the Nucleus of Imo liberation and we, beyond party affiliations, must referred him for his discipline, integrity and long suffering for his people.
According to a political analyst, Uche Ogbonnaya, he said that it was expected that APC would head for a crash because of the schism within the party. He pointed out that Okorocha and his son-in-law, Sen. Ararume and Uzodinma were all of APC who shared their votes, creating room for the PDP to clinch victory.
This will surely be a big blow for Governor Okorocha who had vowed to use the last drop of his blood to ensure he installs his son-in-law, Mr. Nwosu against the will of Imo people.
Though one of Okorocha’s aides, Ikenna Eme raised a question over 25% spread of Ihedioha, what is important is that Imo has produced a governor-elect through long torny and torturous journey.