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Uzodinma, APC candidate, rejects guber election result in Imo
HOPE Uzodinma, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State, has rejected the result of the March 9 gubernatorial election in the state as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic was declared the winner having secured a total of 273,404 votes. Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance had the second position with 190,364 votes while Uzodinma had 96,458 votes thereby got the third position.
But on Thursday, while addressing supporters at the party’s secretariat in Owerri, Imo State, Uzodinma claimed that there were some form of injustice that occurred during the results’ compilation, vowing to challenge the INEC’s declaration in court.
“We are going to challenge the result. We will be very resilient. We will address it and God willing, justice will be done,” he said.
While he alleged that the gubernatorial poll in Imo State was marred with widespread irregularities, the APC candidate also accused the electoral commission of compromising in the execution of their duty.
Uzodinma also said the electoral umpire and the PDP candidate conspired together to ‘rig’ the election which led to the victory of the latter.
The senator and APC gubernatorial candidate urged his supporters to remain calm and remain hopeful.
“They claimed that they have to fix my name in the list to disallow me from going to court. I have heard all that, but injustice done to one man is injustice done to all of us. I will leave no stone un-turned,” Uzodinma said.
In a similar vein, Rochas Okorocha, the incumbent governor of Imo State had claimed on Thursday that the gubernatorial poll of the state was heavily rigged against his son-in-law, the AA candidate, accusing the Imo Resident Electoral Officer, Francis Ezeonu as “the mastermind of the fraud”.