According to Ray Emeana, state secretary of the PDP, Iheodia has won in 15 out of 27 local governments in the state – The PDP also accused the Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, of trying to scuttle the election The Imo state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has maintained that it’s governorship candidate, Emeka Ihedioha is in a comfortable lead in the gubernatorial election held in the state on Saturday, March 9. Ray Emeana, state secretary of the PDP, claims that from the results collated at the various local governments by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices so far, Ihedioha has won in 15 local governments out of 27. According to Emeana, the local governments include Ideato North, Oru West, Obowo, Mbaitoli, Owerri West, Owerri North, Ikeduru, Owerri Munucipal, Ngor Okpala, Ahiazu Mbaise, Aboh Mbaise, Ezinihitte, Oguta and Orsu. Emeana said the PDP candidate won in all the electoral wards in his Owerri zone and has gathered enough momentum in Orlu and Okigwe senatorial districts.
He also thanked the people of the state for coming out enmass to vote the party’s candidate. His words: “The PDP in Imo state is humbled by the overwhelming harvest of votes by the Imo electorate and the determination by all well meaning Imolites to rally round us towards ensuring that the mandate freely given to our party is adequately protected against attempts and threats by Governor Okorocha and his agents to compromise our victory in the Saturday, March 9, 2019 governorship and state assembly elections.
“We acknowledge that the results so far collated establish the popular will of the people of the state to actualize the liberation and rebuilding of our beloved state, Imo. Indeed the imminent victory is that of the good people of Imo state. To God be the glory. “From the results so far collated from 18 local government areas, we can confirm with certainty that our governorship candidate, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has won in 15 local governments.” The PDP chieftain also accused the Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, of trying to scuttle the election. He said: “We are concerned with the level of desperate and primitive impunity being demonstrated by Governor Rochas Okorocha and his agents with an attempt to forcefully change the results with fake ones. He has hatched this plot, to once again, similar to how he “won” the 2015 governorship election, perpetuate himself in office for a third term, using his son in law as a stooge. “This desperate ploy will continue to be resisted vehemently by our supporters and Imolites in general. We insist that our votes must count and the winner duly declared without any compromise. “Once again, we wish to alert the security agencies, INEC, election observers Imolites and Nigerians in general of a deliberate delay of the announcement even when collation has been concluded in about 20 local government areas. There is no reason collation, announcement of results and declaration of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as the winner of the governorship election should tarry till this moment.”
He insisted that Ihedioha has won the election, warning INEC and security agencies not to compromise the electoral process in the state. He said: “INEC and the security agencies must realize that Nigerians are keenly watching and monitoring every move and development in this exercise and anything short of credible results, will jeopardize the entire exercise and escalate into a full blown civil unrest. “From available records and statistics, it is not disputed that our governorship candidate, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha is the most acceptable, popular, experienced, with overwhelming goodwill and grassroots appeal. It is important to note for emphasis that he is the only candidate that emerged through free, fair, transparent and credible primaries. “Consequently we call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare him the winner of the governorship election without further delay. This will douse the tension that has engulfed the entire state and also satisfy the already charged and jubilant Imo electorate and save the state from crises. “We wish to state without any fear of contradiction that we will resist any compromised outcome in this election for whatsoever reason. We have consequently in our last press statement, alerted security agencies on the unfortunate activities of Governor Okorocha and his agents.”
Meanwhile, the governor of Enugu, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has been reelected to serve a second term as governor of the state as he polled the highest number of votes in each of the 17 local government areas of the state. The governor who ran under the platform of the PDP polled a total of 449, 935 to defeat his closest rival, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ayogu Eze who polled a total of 10,423.