The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has issued Mr. Benjamin Uwajumogu – Imo North senator-elect, the certificate of return.
Uwajumogu of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was declared the winner in the Imo state rerun election.
Ambassador Lawrence Nwuruku – INEC commissioner representing South East, presented the certificate of return to him.
Speaking after receiving the certificate, he said his election was a confirmation that APC has acceptance the South East contrary to what the opposition party in the state was claiming.
He said, “It is a mere speculate. Igbo has proven that it can vote APC. What happened in 2015 election was that we have a sitting president from PDP and there was no election. It was all violence, and security agencies against the opposition party. But in this election, it was a different people, they voted, and what it means is that the APC has a home in Imo State, and that they support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.”
Uwajumogu who was accompanied to the Abuja INEC Headquarters by a large number of supporters said it now time for the state and the nation to move on.
On the violence that necessitated the rerun, he said, “this is now in the past, the election has come and gone, the election was free and fair and we are grateful to people of Okigwe who conducted themselves well. A winner has emerged, let’s move forward.
On his mission at senate, he said “I will be one of the 109. Am coming there as one who will work with establishment. I am not going there to take anybody’s position. I hope when I get to the senate I will effectively represent my people.”The Nation