Tribunal Upholds Uzodimma’s Imo State Gubernatorial Win

By Milcah Tanimu

The Imo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has reaffirmed Hope Uzodimma’s position as the state’s governor, dismissing the petition lodged by the Labour Party and its gubernatorial candidate, Athan Achonu. In a unanimous decision delivered in Abuja, the three-member tribunal, led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, determined that Uzodimma’s election substantially adhered to the Electoral Act’s stipulations.

The tribunal further stated that the Labour Party failed to furnish adequate evidence to substantiate claims of overvoting and non-compliance with electoral laws.

Uzodimma, representing the All Progressives Congress (APC), had been declared the victor of the November 11 gubernatorial election in Imo State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He garnered 540,308 votes, surpassing Senator Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who secured 71,503 votes. Achonu trailed in third place with 64,081 votes.

Achonu had contested the results, alleging electoral irregularities in certain areas of the state. However, the tribunal’s ruling has conclusively affirmed Uzodimma’s electoral triumph, cementing his legitimacy as Imo State’s duly elected governor.


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