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ImoDecides2023: It’s Official: INEC declares Uzodinma winner

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The electoral commission, INEC, has declared Governor Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Imo State.

The INEC Returning Officer, Abayomi Sunday, vice chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State, declared the winner Sunday morning at the state collation centre in Owerri.

Mr Sunday said the APC candidate scored 540,308 votes to defeat his closest opponent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Samuel Anyanwu, who scored 71,503 votes while the Labour Party candidate, Athan Achonu, came third with 64,081 votees.

Earlier Premium Times had reported that Mr Uzodinma won in all the 27 local government areas of Imo State.

However,both the PDP and LP candidate had alleged fraud and demanded the cancellation of the election.

Mr Uzodinma was first declared governor of Imo State in January 2020 by the Supreme Court which nullified the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP as the winner of the 9 March 2019 governorship election in the state.

The APC candidate had emerged fourth in the election, according to results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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