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Celebration as INEC declares Ihedioha Imo Gov- elect

Owerri, the capital city of Imo State, erupted into wild celebrations as soon as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, winner of the gubernatorial elections on Saturday, March 9.
The tension-soaked polls dragged as results trickled in, causing palpable anxiety among the contestants and their supporters.
When it was becoming obvious that PDP was leading, youths set up bonfire in front of the INEC office on Port Harcourt Road, asking the commission to declare the results immediately.
The results were, however, declared at about 12 midnight of Monday, and those keeping vigil took to the streets in jubilation.
The celebration continued till Tuesday when a motorcade trooped from Egbu Road to Mbutu, Aboh Mbaise, the home of the governor-elect where party bigwigs and supporters engaged in banter and merriment.
Addressing the mammoth crowd, the governor-elect promised to run an inclusive government devoid of clannish sentiments.
Meanwhile, the United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Imo State, Hon. Tony Nwulu, has appealed to all other candidates not to saddle the winner with court cases.
Congratulating Hon. Ihedioha, Nwulu said that Imo needed total healing and that the incoming administration would need to concentrate on the work ahead.
Nwulu is currently the honorable member representing Oshodi/Isolo II Federal Constituency of Lagos State. He sponsored the not-too-young-to-run-bill in the house.
When the epic battle for the Government House Owerri, popularly known as “Douglas House” raged, the people of Owerri Zone had laid claim to the throne, citing the unwritten charter of equity which began when Barr. Humphrey Anumudu of Owerri Zone decided to step aside for Achike Udenwa of Orlu Zone.

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