Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has secured the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket for his second term bid after winning the primary election in the state.
Uzodimma, the sole contender in the primary that took place on Friday in Owerri, the Imo state capital, polled 63,618 valid votes.
The Chairman of the seven-member 2023 Governorship Primary Election Committee, Williams Kayoda, said that 64,667 delegates from the 305 wards of the 27 Local Government Areas were accredited for the poll.
Kayoda said that the exercise was conducted in compliance with the party’s Constitution, the 2022 Electoral Act (as amended), the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the guidelines provided by the national leadership of the party.
“During our short stay, we appointed ward and local government area committees for the purposes of the election.
“My mandate was to follow democratic principles, ensure that it is constitutional, legitimate, morally supported and legally binding.
“In line with that mandate, we have conducted the primary election through direct primary in all the 27 Local Government Areas,” he said.
Kayoda described the exercise as peaceful, rancour-free and hitch-free with the support of the Governor.
In an acceptance speech, Uzodinma thanked the delegates and party faithful for the confidence reposed in him.
“The victory of today’s event is a victory dedicated to God Almighty and a victory that I will cherish for a long time.
“For me, I see it as a mark of confidence from the members of our great party and the entire Imo people at large,” he said.
He recalled that he had consulted God in prayer before contesting the election and that God had never disappointed him.
Looking back, you will agree with me that from where we met Imo State in 2020 and where we are in 2023, there is a huge difference.
“If that is what touched your heart to challenge me to continue, I assure you that I will do my best not to betray this confidence you have reposed in me.
“I pray that God almighty will give me the courage, wisdom, knowledge, and resources to take Imo to its destination.
“When you go home, pray for me.
“The Imo you see today would have been three times better, if not for the huge money we spent fighting insecurity, but God Almighty has intervened.
“Going forward, we will double our speed,” he said.