The governor of Abia state, Dr. Alex Otti, has congratulated his Imo state counterpart, Governor Hope Uzodimma, on his re-election for a second term in office.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday announced Uzodinma, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the off-cycle Imo governorship election held on Saturday, November 11, 2023.
Returning Officer for the election, Prof Abayomi Fasina, pronounced Governor Uzodimma winner with a total of 540,308 votes, defeating the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Samuel Anyanwu, who came second with 71,503 votes.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Kazie Uko, made available to Blueprint in Umuahia Governor Otti expressed gladness that the Imo governorship election was conducted in an atmosphere of peace, despite the initial uncertainties that dogged it during the campaigns.
The Abia state governor also congratulated the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Senator Athan Achonu, who polled 64,081 votes to come third in the election, for his decent performance and show of bravery.
Governor Otti called on Uzodimma to be magnanimous in victory and continue to work towards restoring lasting peace in Imo as he starts his second term in office.
As neighbours and brother states, Governor Otti promised to work harmoniously with Governor Uzodimma for the peace and economic development of the South East.