Election of former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, as Imo State governor in the last Saturday’s gubernatorial election has been hailed as positive step for the state.
The Traditional Prime Minister of Ibeku Ancient Kingdom and PDP frontline politician in Abia politics, High Chief James Uche Akwukwuegbu, who made the commendation, also expressed joy over the victory of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, Engr. Enyinnaya Chinedum Orji of Umuahia Central and Chukwudi Apugo of Umuahia East at the Abia State House of Assembly.
Emeka Ihedioha polled 273,404 ahead of his closest rival and candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, who polled a total of 190,364.
Akwukwuegbu, who recalled his advice to Imo people and his predictions when Ihedioha was in Umuahia, having advised the people off Owerri Zone to ensure that they break the Orlu zone hegemony on governorship position in the state, said “today, Imolites did well by giving Owerri zone the victory”.
He expressed his surprise that “Okorocha is behaving like a lion in the ghetto”, adding that Okorocha’s belief in his in-law was not good, while stating, “today, he has seen the disgrace, even as his popularity has faded. The disgrace is that all Imo voters voted against him and now his name is not in the list of senators in Imo State to be given Certificate of Return by INEC. It is a disgrace. Imo people have done what I asked them to do”, he concluded.
He, therefore, congratulated Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, whom he addressed as his in-law and one Chima Onuoha, for their doggedness in ensuring that the victory resides on the side of Owerri Zone, adding, “I congratulate them”.
On Ikpeazu’s re-election, the PDP leader described it as well deserved. “It is not easy to win with 1000 votes, not to talk about over 160, 000 votes margin to defeat Dr. Uche Ogah”, he said, adding that Gov. Ikpeazu has done well to deserve another tenure is in line with Abia Charter of Equity and putting into consideration the many litigations he faced at the begging of his first tenure.