Governor Rochas’ plot to remove Ekweremadu ripens

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Rochas’ candidate, Mr. Ben Uwajumogu as the winner in the Senate rerun elections in Imo State.

Honorable Ben Uwajumogu belongs to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The rerun elections held at the Imo North Senatorial District, yesterday.

Uwajumogu, who si the current speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly was backed by Governor Rochas Okorocha.

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Uwajumogu garnered 56,076 votes to defeat Mr. Athan Achonu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr. Athan scored 43, 815 votes.

The INEC Returning Officer, Professor Arinze Agbogu, announced the result in the early hours of today (Friday).

According to him, the outcome was a summation of scores of July 23 and that of July 28 exercise.

Recall that the first elections held on July 23 and was declared inconclusive.

Yesterday, the scheduled rerun elections held with Uwajumogu emerging the winner.

INEC also declared Mr. Nkenna Nzeruo of the APC winner of Oru East State Constituency.

Mr. Collins Chiji also of APC was declared winner for Isiala Mbano State Constituency.

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Although both two state constituencies’ elections were declared inconclusive due to pockets of violence.

This prompted a rerun which saw APC sweep all seats in a landslide victory.

An elated Uwajumogu told journalists in Owerri that his “Gratitude goes more to Gov. Rochas Okorocha whose structure helped me to win this senatorial election’’.

Recall that Governor Rochas Okorocha had stated that Ekweremadu’s emergence as deputy senate president was an aberration.

He said APC could not produce a deputy Senate president from the South East because none of them won their elections.

APC zoned the deputy senatorial position to South-East and grudgingly allowed Ike to continue, even though he’s a PDP member.

But with Honorable Uwajumogu’s win, APC says it will begin gather support from the senate and ensure Ekweremadu’s ouster.