The Spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the Ideato Federal Constituency seat, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere was Sunday declared winner of the Ideato House of Representatives seat at the National Assembly.
In a landslide victory that saw him winning in the strongholds of his opponents, Ikenga Ugochinyere won convincingly in the two local governments of Ideato North and Ideato South that make up the constituency, to carry the day.
While his closest rival, Mr. Paschal Obi of the Labour Party, who is also the incumbent polled a total of 5,696 votes from the two local governments, Ikenga Ugochinyere swept up a massive haul of 13,026 votes from across the federal Constituency, to comfortably lead the pack and assert his popularity.
Mr. Chika Benson Abazu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, trailed behind with 2,368 votes.
Declaring the result, the Returning Officer for the election, Engr. Onwuachu Chinyere Christian said Ikenga polled the highest number of votes and “Having satisfied the requirement of the law, is hereby declared winner, and hereby returned elected”.
His party, the PDP, in its congratulatory message signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Collins Opurozor said Ikenga’s victory has renewed the faith of Ideato people in a developed Ideato nation that brims with endless opportunities.
It reads in part: “Ideato people have waited for so long to have this moment. They have yearned for Ikenga. They are aware that with Ikenga as a federal lawmaker, most of the socio-economic maladies that confront Nigeria will certainly be addressed through the instrumentality of the parliament.
“ Also, they are confident that through proper political representation, Ideato shall become the pride of Igboland.
“We commend the patience, courage, focus and resilience of PDP members in Ideato, Ikenga’s supporters and the entire people of Ideato, who despite the aggression and armed attacks, including killings and bombings, brought upon them, never yielded to fear. They stood strong and they worked to ensure that this victory came to fruition.”
He continued: “For us as Imo PDP, this victory represents the defeat of all the murderous forces from hell which were let loose in order to truncate the aspirations of Ideato people for good governance, quality representation and a better life.
“Through the celebrations that now sweep across Ideato, our party can affirm that the victory of Ikenga has renewed the faith of Ideato people in a developed Ideato that brims with endless opportunities.
“Imo PDP, therefore, rejoices with Ideato people and dedicates this victory to all the sons and daughters of Ideato who are determined to end the unacceptable failure of political leadership in the area.
“For our party, the mission to liberate Ideato from ruinous misrepresentation has now begun.”