Friday, July 29, 2016

INEC Declares APC Winner of Imo North Senatorial Rerun Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ben Uwajimogu, winner of the Imo North Senatorial District election.

Channels Television reports that Uwajimogu scored 56,076 votes, to beat his closest rival the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Athan Achonu who polled 43,815 votes.

Announcing the results at the Central Collation Centre in Okigwe Local Government headquarters, the returning officer, Professor Arinze Agbaogu said the APC candidate, having scored the majority and lawful votes in the election, is hereby declared winner of the election.

By virtue of his election, Uwajimogu is the only member of the APC from the South East region to be elected into the senate.

His election is likely to open up another controversy in the senate. Already the governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has said that if Uwajimogu is elected, deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, a member of the opposition PDP would have to vacate his position for Uwajimogu.

Members of the PDP is likely to resist any attempt to remove Ekweremadu.

Similarly, the APC candidate in Oru East, Nkenna Nzeruo, and his counterpart in Isiala Mbano, Chiji Collins, were also declared winners of the State House of Assembly rerun elections in their area.

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