INEC declares landslide victory for Hope Uzodimma in Imo guber poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday said Governor Hope Uzodimma was reelected in Imo.

Mr Uzodimma, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared the winner of the statewide exercise that was held yesterday, November 11.

Results declared by the state’s collation and returning officer, Abayomi Fasina, said Mt Uzodimma scored 540,308 votes. His closest rival, Samuel Anywawu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), scored 71,503 votes. Athan Achonu came third with 64,081 votes for the Labour Party.

The results were declared despite allegations of violence and vote-buying, which electoral officers said were not sufficient to make any significant impact on the overall success of the exercise. Mr Uzodimma now has a full mandate to govern the state for another four years. He had assumed power on January 15, 2020, based on a controversial judgement of the Supreme Court that fired the former elected governor Emeka Ihedioha. 

Details later.