The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ikenga Ugochinyere, as the winner of the Ideato North and South constituency election.
Jungle Journalist Media Limited learnt that INEC returning officer, Onwuachu Chinyere, made the declaration on Sunday at the collation centre in the state.
Chinyere said the spokesperson Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) polled 13,026 votes to defeat Pascal Obi, candidate of the Labour Party (LP) who secured 5696 votes.
The INEC officer also announced that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chika Abazu, came third after polling 2368.
He said: “Having satisfied the requirement of the law, he is hereby declared winner, and hereby returned elected.”
Ugochinyere was quoted as dedicating the win to Uncle Daniel, his late uncle, who was killed when gunmen attacked his home in January. Since then, the member-elect has been attacked at least twice after that incident.
While congratulating him, the spokesperson of the PDP in Imo, Collins Opurozor, commended Ugochinyere for not yielding to fear after the attacks.
He said: “We commend the patience, courage, focus, and resilience of PDP members in Ideato, Ikenga’s supporters, and the entire people of Ideato, who despite the aggression and armed attacks, including killings and bombings, brought upon them by rampaging petty dictators in the State, they never yielded to fear.”
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