Thousands join Ihedioha’s victory rally in Imo
Ex-Deputy Speaker’s victory has crumbled Okorocha’s political dynasty
AA, Nwosu head to court
By Chinonso Alozie & Chimaobi Nwaiwu
OWERRI—The State Returning Officer for Saturday’s governorship election in Imo state, Mr. Francis Chukwuemeka Otonta, Monday announced the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Emeka Ihedioha, the winner of the governorship election.
Vanguard was at the INEC office along Portharcourt road when Otonta announced the votes earned by the various political parties across the 27 local government areas.
The state returning officer, while giving the summary of the excercise as it happened in the 27 local government areas in the state said that Ihedioha of the PDP, soared to victory with the total votes of 273,404 to humble other candidates in the race.
He gave as registered voters 2,221,008 and accredited voters 823,743. The total votes cast: 714,355; rejected votes; 251,30; and then the total votes according to Otonta, was 739,485.
In Otonta’s record, other governorship candidates of the Action Alliance, AA, Uche Nwosu, got 190,364; Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, 114,676; and Accord Party, AP, Ikedi Ohakim, polled 6,846.
Ihedioha will bring sanity in Imo —Illomuanya
Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of Obinugwu Kingdom in Orlu Local Government Area, Imo State, Eze Cletus Illomuanya, yesterday urged the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha to clean up the polity.
Illomuanya stated this in Owerri, while appreciating Imo people for a bold step taken in voting Ihedioha into power, adding that the state has been rescued.
The royal father also begged Ihedioha to look into the traditional institution in the state, with a view of redefining the institution to carry out its activities without fear of intimidation.
According to Illomuanya, “Imo is in dire need of an administrator of Ihedioha’s pedigree, whom he said is tested and trusted.”
Thousands join Ihedioha’s victory rally in Imo
In a related development, thousands of Imo people yesterday joined the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha to celebrate his victory at the just concluded governorship election in the state.
Ihedioha together with his Deputy, Gerald Irona, in their convoy moved round some of the major streets of Owerri metropolis to thank the people for their support.
Ihedioha in what he tagged “the journey to rebuild Imo has also described “it as a victory for Imo people.”
Vanguard monitored the rally which kicked off from his residence at the Civic Center in Owerri, joined by residents, market women, taxi drivers as well as passersby. Also, commuters were also seen hailing Ihedioha for his victory at the poll.
One of the supporters, who spoke to Vanguard said: “We are happy that Imo people have restored the zoning arrangement. We have been crying that other zones should allow Owerri and by God’s grace, this has been achieved”.
A motorist, who introduced himself as Emma Iheduru, said: “I will first of all thank Senator Hope Uzodinma for weakening governor Rochas Okorocha in Orlu zone. Uzodinma divided the votes in Orlu zone, which gave Ihedioha more edge ahead of his opponents.”
Ihedioha’s victory has crumbled Okorocha’s political dynasty
Similarly, Imo General Assembly, IGA, an association that unites the people of Imo State living in Nnewi, the commercial city of Anambra State has described the victory of Emeka Ihedioha as the collapse of Chief Rochas Okorocha’s political dynasty.
The Imo indigenes living in Nnewi had shortly after the announcement of the Imo governorship election result turned the industrial city to celebration galore, in jubilation for what they called “freeing Imo State from bondage.”
The president of IGA, Chinedu Igwe who spoke with newsmen on the sideline while the celebration was going on said “the governorship election availed the people of Imo state the opportunity to get rid of the incumbent governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and his political dynasty that has been collapsed with Ihedioha’s election victory.
“We prayed, worked and hoped for this day of deliverance and God in his infinite mercy has answered our prayers and gave us a leader who we expect to take Imo State to a greater height and make Imo occupy her pride of place again in the comity of states.
“The fall and fall of Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s political dynasty is a lesson to everyone in the position of authority that they cannot be more powerful than the people on whose mandate they assume office.”
AA, Nwosu head to court
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the Action Alliance, AA, Kenneth Udeze and the Imo State governorship candidate of AA, Uche Nwosu, yesterday said they would head to court to challenge the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as winner of the concluded election.
The national chairman of AA, Udeze, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri, adding that the party had gathered it’s evidence as a proof to present before the court that AA, won the governorship election in Imo and that the candidate of his party was rigged out in the process.
Udeze boasted that some of their evidences would be presented before the court. He alleged that in Imo East Senatorial District, the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, could not use the card reader.
Also reacting, the Imo state governorship candidate of AA, Nwosu, called on the national chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, to look into the activities of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC, Francis Ezeonu.
Nwosu was of the feeling that the REC, was partisan and that he gave advantage to the PDP, during the last exercise.
He added that his mandate was stolen and that he would recover it through the court.
AA national chairman said: “Most people that know AA, understand that the party respects the rule of law. And if a candidate emerges through the legal process we will be the first to congratulate him or her.
“Having looked into the details, we have gone through the documentation and the declaration made by INEC, We discovered that it was defective.
“INEC, should look into the activities of the REC, in this state, the idea of bringing people to conduct the election in Imo, has been causing trouble in this state. How can they bring people of Nnamdi Azikiwe university to conduct this election.
“The position of the party, is that we have started taken the inventories and any moment from now we are heading to court where we will prove to the world that our mandate was stolen.”
Udeze pleaded with “Imo people to remain calm. At the end of the day justice must prevail. INEC, told us that where the card reader was not used that those areas should be cancelled but that is not what we saw in Imo state.”
In his own thinking of the what happened during the election, Nwosu, said: “First of all let me thank the Imoltes for given me their votes. The result for us was unacceptable. The PDP, is unable to make the two-thirds of the entire local government areas. The two-thirds is 18 local government area which the PDP, did not get.
“It is very clear that the REC, was totally against the Action Alliance, AA, the REC, is partisan. There was no use of card reader and the REC, did not say anything about it. You can see that the REC, is supporting a candidate. This is our stolen mandate and we will recover it.
“We are very sure that we are going to get back our mandate through the Court. We believe in the Nigeria court. It is not Uche Nwosu, constitution. Going by what happened, the REC, is not suppose conduct any election in this country.”
“The REC, went to Nnamdi Azikiwe university where the Vice chancellor is from Mbaise, and the vice chancellor worked for Ihedioha, you can imagine that. I want to tell you that we are heading to court to recover our mandate.”