Okorocha secured 416, 996 votes to beat the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker who polled 320, 705.
The Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha retains his seat for another four years as he won the governorship rerun election on Saturday, April 25 under the aegis of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Okorocha secured 416, 996 votes to trump the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker who polled 320, 705.
However, the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu beat All Progessives Grand Alliance (APGA) aspirant Dr. Alex Otti with 264, 713 votes to 180, 882.
The election reruns took place in about 10 states across the country following the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission that elections in these places were inconclusive – the April 11 polls in the states were either marred by electoral malpractices or elections did not hold due to logistic problems.
The states include Kano, Taraba, Imo, Abia, Kogi, Ekiti, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi, Gombe and Niger.
Low turnout of voters was recorded in the rerun election in Imo, Abia, Ekiti states. Taraba was however a different case as registered voters reportedly cmae out en masse to vote. As at the time of filing this report, the PDP governorship candidate, Darius Ishaku, is ahead of his major challenger, APC’s Aisha Alhassan.