Buhari congratulates Uzodimma, Ododo on election victory


Former President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the All Progressives Congress governorship candidates in Imo and Kogi States – Hope Uzodimma and Usman Ododo, respectively on their victory at last Saturday’s election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission affirmed Uzodimma’s re-election, having won in all the 27 local government areas of the state.

The incumbent governor clinched a second term in office after scoring a total of 540,008 votes, the commission stated.

In Kogi, the candidate of the APC, Usman Ododo, was declared the winner of the election by the electoral body with 446,237 votes.

Announcing the result late Sunday night, the state Returning Officer, Prof Johnson Urama, said Ododo was closely followed by the Social Democratic Party candidate, Muri Ajaka, who scored 259, 052 votes.

Dino Melaye of the PDP garnered 46,362 votes; Leke Bejide of the African Democratic Party, 21,891; and Adejo Okeme of the LP 567.

In a statement by the spokesperson to the former President, Garba Shehu, on Monday, Buhari thanked the people of the two states for reaffirming their confidence in the nation’s biggest political party.

“The former President thanked particularly the party leaders and the workers who laboured tirelessly to ensure the victory of Senator Hope Uzodinma for his second term in Imo and Usman Ododo as the new governor of Kogi state. My best wishes to them for their next tenure,” part of the statement read.