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Off-season elections: LP candidate Achonu, wife vote at Omunumo PU in Imo

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Off-season elections: LP candidate Achonu, wife vote at Omunumo PU in Imo

The governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Athan Achonu, and his wife, Aisha Achonu have cast their votes in the governorship election in Imo State.

The governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Athan Achonu and his wife, Aisha Achonu, have participated in casting their votes in the Imo State governorship election.

Achonu, speaking briefly after voting at his polling unit in Omunumo community, Ehime Mbano local Government Area of Imo State, praised INEC for how the polls were conducted.

READ MORE: ImoGuber2023: Uzodimma commends turnout, expresses satisfaction with INEC

He appealed to INEC to redeem its image by ensuring transparency and credibility throughout the voting process.

Achonu said initially the residents were feeling threatened by the unusual security movement across the community and the state.

He said, “We have never seen such numbers of soldiers and policemen before in our community.

“But we have tried to assure them they are here for their protection and the process,” he added.

Over two million voters are eligible to vote in Saturday’s governorship election.

A total of 18 political parties are presenting candidates in the ongoing election.

However, the election is considered a three-horse race between the incumbent governor, Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Achonu of LP.

According to INEC, there are 2,419,922 registered voters in the state, but only 2,318,919 of them who collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are eligible to vote in the election.

The number of registered voters is 6.5 per cent more than the 2,272,293 recorded for the previous 2019 elections in the southeastern state.

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