Contrary to the tensed atmosphere created by politicians prior to yesterday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections in Imo State, the exercise was relatively peaceful.
The Guardian gathered from the polling units visited in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area, including booths 006, 008 and 010 in Osuama Anara ward and booths 001 and 002 in Osu Owerri ward, that there was impressive turnout of voters in the area.
The former Imo governor and Accord party candidate, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim said there was a lot of improvement in the exercise compared to the February 23 elections in the state.
Ohakim was optimistic of victory in the poll. He said his victory would address issues of equity and due process in the state.
Ohakim stated this shortly after casting his vote at about 11am, at Umunuma Ward, booth 006, Osu Achara, Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo State.
Also Ifeanyi Araraume, governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), affirms that INEC improved in its responsibility yesterday.
According to him, the exercise commenced early as expected. He also expressed high hopes that his party will record victory.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who also commended the electoral umpire expressed optimism on his performance.
In a statement issued after the former lawmaker cast his vote at Town School, Mbutu, Aboh Mbaise Local Council, he also commended the security agencies over display of maturity and safety of life and property.
Expressing optimism, Ihedioha said: “The reports I am getting from across the state is that Imolites are voting PDP candidates for the governorship and state assembly elections. The reports also say that I am the popular choice of the people and it does appear to me that the people’s vote will count. By the grace of God, I am going to win.”