- The emergence of Imo state governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, continues to generate reactions
- APGA has rejected INEC's declaration of Ihedioha as the winner of the polls
- The party has also demanded the conduct of fresh elections in the state
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo has rejected the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s declaration of Emeka Ihedioha as the winner of the governorship polls in the state.
Ihedioha, a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won in 11 of the 27 local government areas in the state, polling a total 273,404 votes to defeat his closest contender, Mr Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) who won in 10 local government areas and scored 190,364 votes.
Mr Ifeanyi Araraume of APGA, a former senator, came third by polling 114,676 votes, winning in four local government areas.
Addressing journalists in Owerri, the state capital, on Tuesday, March 12, the Imo APGA publicity secretary, Alphonsus Eberendu, described the exercise as a “sham and mockery of democracy.”
He alleged that the election was marred by monumental irregularities, adding that it was the worst in the history of the state since its creation.
Eberendu said his party had called for the cancellation of the entire election on the basis that it did not meet all the constitutional requirements.
The party also asked INEC to reverse the declaration of Ihedioha as the winner of the election, adding that the PDP candidate failed to meet the constitutional requirement of 25 per cent of total votes cast in two third of the state.
Meanwhile, the League of Imo Professionals in Lagos state has hailed the election of Ihedioha as the governor of the state, describing it as victory for the Imo people.
Mr Obi Anyawu, the spokesman of the group, which played significant role in the realisation of the change of leadership in the state, said “the victory is for the people of Imo.”
Speaking in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday, March 12, Anyawu said that Imo had suffered untold neglect and underdevelopment in the last eight years.
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