Imo 2023: Details of APC, PDP, Labour Party Governorship Candidates and Their Chances

Imo 2023: Details of APC, PDP, Labour Party Governorship Candidates and Their Chances

Following the end of the 2023 general elections, Nigerians have started looking forward to the off-season elections in some parts of the country before another general election in 2027.

At least before the end of the year 2023, no less than 2 states of the federation will experience a governorship election as part of the off-season poll

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2023 Governorship candidates of PDP, APC, Labour Party in Imo Photo Credit: Hope Uzodinma
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These elections would be held in Imo and Kogi states. As part of the preparations, major political parties have started preparing for these polls by conducting their primaries and nominating their candidates in the election.

For Imo, below are the details of the candidates of the major political parties.

Hope Uzodinma, APC

Hope Uzodinma is the incumbent governor of Imo state, and he will be contesting for a second term on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 11 governorship election in the state.

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Uzodinma is likely to win his re-election based on the outcome of the March 18 state House of Assembly election. The APC was able to win 25 of the 27 seats. This suggested that the governor already had foot soldiers at the grassroots to work for him if he was not betrayed.

Samuel Anyanwu, PDP

Anyawu emerged as the governorship candidate of the PDP in Imo unopposed. His major challenger, Emeka Ihedioha, stepped down from the race ahead of the poll, and this made him the sole candidate for the party.

However, the PDP may not win the poll due to the growing influence of Uzodinma in the state. Another factor is the popularity of the Labour Party in the southeast in general, in which the PDP appeared to be the major casualty.

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Athan Achonu, Labour Party

The former senator for Imo North emerged as the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in a parallel primary which was conducted in 3 different parts of the state.

However, Achonu's candidacy is considered authentic because the chairman of the screening committee, Peter Obi, was a party to his emergence.

Though the Labour Party is becoming more popular in the southeast, and its victory in Abia state was unprecedented, it did not have a clear chance in the Imo election as a result of the division within the party.

2023 Election: Full list of states now under control of APC, PDP, APGA, LP, NNPP earlier reported that the just-concluded 2023 governorship election in Nigeria has shown that the unthinkable can happen in Nigeria's political space.

This is as the ruling APC and the lead opposition party, PDP, have lost to the emerging third force, the Labour Party and NNPP.

Before the election, the APC had 21 states, but now it has 20 states after losing Kano and Zamfara to NNPP and PDP and defeating PDP in Benue state.


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