By Ibironke Ariyo
A group, Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS), on Tuesday congratulated Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo on his re-election for a second term in office.
Uzodinma won the off-cycle governorship poll in the state, which held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.
CYMS Director General, Chief Obinna Nwaka, in a statement in Abuja, also commended the electorates for conducting themselves properly during the election.
He said that a CYMS team of observers participated in pre-election assessment, to enable the organisation give an overall independent report as an INEC accredited observer.
According to him, CYMS was also accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to observe the governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa.
He said that the observer team covered some parts of Nwangele, Isiala Mbano and Okigwe Local Government Areas.
“Our findings show that the election in Imo was free fair and conclusive,” the CYMS director general said.
He commended INEC and security agencies for their preparedness, civil conduct and timely deployment of sensitive election materials across the state.
Nwaka urged political parties and other contestants in the just concluded election to join Uzodinma in building the state, attributing his victory to his commitment to the serve his people.
Nwaka noted that in Okigwe zone where Uzodinma secured the highest number of votes, he had started and completed the construction of the Owerr-Okigwe road and other projects.
“It is a mark of appreciation to Uzodinma for what he has done in the area, ” the DG added.
According to him, Sen. Patrick Ndubueze, the Senate Committee Chairman on Works and Housing, also helped to garner votes for the governor and in getting some of the projects in Okigwe zone completed.
“Okigwe people giving the highest vote is a sign of appreciation for the road construction and also having a Senator in person of Patrick Ndubueze who is a key stakeholder both in the state and at the national level,” he said.
NAN reports that INEC declared Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election with 540,308 votes to beat his closet rival, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 71,503 votes.
The Labour Party candidate, Sen. Athan Achonu, polled 64,081 votes to come third in the election. (NAN) www.nannews.ng
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed