Incumbent Governor of Imo State and the All Progressive Congress, APC, gubernatorial flagbearer, Rochas Okorocha has emerged the winner of the supplementary elections in Imo State; securing a second term in office.
Governor Okorocha was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the re-run election held in the state on Saturday.
The re-run was between Governor Okorocha and Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Declaring the results ,Sunday morning, in Owerri, the State Returning Officer, SRO, and Vice Chancellor, Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, said that Okorocha polled a total of 416,996 votes to defeat his closest Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, rival and Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who scored 320,705 votes.
His words: “I, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, hereby certify that I was the Returning Officer for the Imo governorship election held on the 11th and 25th of April 2015, that election was contested and the candidates received the following votes:
“Ojiri Kenneth Ikechukwu, Accord Party 2,193
Owelle Rochas E. Anayo Okorocha, APC, 416,996
Captain Ihenacho Emmanuel, APGA 28,434
Hon. Chukwuemeka Ihedioha, PDP, 320,705
Hon. Ukanacho Osmond Chima, UPP, 2,974
“That Owelle Rochas E. Anayo Okorocha of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”.
Continuing, the SRO said that out of the 1.9 million registered voters in the state, only 806,765 votes were recorded, out of which 24,239 were invalid.
It would be recalled that INEC had declared the April 11th governorship in the state inconclusive.
Before the INEC’s decision on that April 12th, the incumbent Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rochas Okorocha, was leading in the polls. He had won in 20 Local Government Areas(LGAs) out of 27 LGAs.
However, Governor Okorocha, though disappointed, expressed confidence that he would win the elections.
“It is not the first time elections in the my state are declared inconclusive. I went through it in 2011.
“This clearly shows who the winner of the election is,” he said.
Expressing dissatisfaction with the elongated process of result announcement, the governor said out of the about 1.8 million voters, only
1.44 million collected their Permanent Voter Cards and less than 700,000 people voted which sums up to 40 per cent.
He further said that he would like to go for a supplementary election, but however, admitted that the election process was free and fair in some areas. He said turnout was not as expected.
This is the second successive time that elections in Imo State will be declared inconclusive and a rerun conducted, with Mr. Okorocha, emerg. In 2011, INEC also declared elections that brought Governor Okorocha in inconclusive. After investigations a supplementary election was held and Governor Okorocha, who contested then under the All Progressive Grand Alliance, was declared winner.
[BREAKING] Okorocha Emerges Winner In Imo Re-run Elections