Election

Okorocha returns as Governor in Imo State, Ikpeazu wins for PDP in Abia


The incumbent Governor Rochas Okorocha has secured victory after today's supplementary polls to conclude the inconclusive governorship election in Imo State. Mr. Okorocha, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated Emeka Ihedioha, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by 416,996 votes. Mr. Ihedioha scored 320,705 votes. Rocahs Okorocha

The outcome of Saturday's election effectively truncated Mr Ihedioha's of overtaking the governor and winning the election. The PDP candidate trailed Mr. Okorocha with 79,525 votes in the substantive election a forth night ago.

Announcing the total result (substantive and supplementary) polled by the candidates in the early hours of Sunday, Mr. Obe declared Mr. Okorocha winner, having polled the highest number of votes and having satisfied the requirement of the law.

Mr Okorocha polled a total of 416,996 votes out of the total 806,764 votes cast in the election.

In declaring Mr. Okorocha as winner in Owerri early morning in Nigeria, the Returning officer stated that that the total number of valid votes amounted to 782,528.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Okezie Ikpeazu, has been declared winner of the governorship election in Abia.

The INEC returning officer in the state, Prof. Ozumba, while announcing the result at about 4:54am Sunday, in Umuahia, said Mr. Ikpeazu polled a total of 264,713 votes to beat his closest challenger Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, who garnered 180, 882 votes.

Mr. Otti is a former Managing Director of Diamond Bank.

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