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Imo: Wild jubilation trails Okorocha’s triumph

Owerri – Imo State capital virtually stood still as loyalists of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, stromed the streets of the municipality to jubiliate over the declaration of their principal, Chief Rochas Anayo Okorocha, as the winner of the governorship election in the state.

Motorcyclists, who were hitherto banned from plying the streets of the municipality defied the order and displayed all manner of acrobatics in the process, while emergency dancing troops emerged and danced to their rhythmic tunes.

Traders in especially the New Market, Owerri, hired several commercial buses and headed for Ogboko, Ideato North local council area country home of Chief Okorocha.

Many drinking places in the municipality were filled to the brim, even as people freely offered drinks to whoever cared to drink or eat whatever was available in the place.

Some irate youths went further to dismantle all the campaign posters of Governor Ohakim in Owerri municipality, while the posters of Okorocha was hoisted to replace the dismantled ones.

One of the APGA loyalists, who simply identified himself as Anayo, expressed happiness that all the heartless touts that run after cars for allegedly parking wrongly, will now disappear from the streets.

APGA National Chairman reacts
Reacting to the result, the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, who was at the State INEC Headquarters Owerri, said he was very satisfied with the outcome of the governorship poll in Imo State.

While describing the poll as “free, fair and credible”, Chief Umeh commended Imo people for “making a wise choice in Chief Rochas Okrocha”, stressing that the party will surely deliver on its electoral promises.

Government House stands still
The situation in Government House, Owerri, was very calm as some of the staff were found in groups discussing the outcome of the governorship election in low tones.

Some of them that spoke to Vanguard on strict grounds of anonymity wondered why people who benefitted from the numerous projects constructed by the Ohakim administration, still opted to vote against the man.

Another staff blamed his woe on the recent brush his security details had with the Catholic priest, adding that “the Governor did everything to assuage the feelings of Catholics but it appears it did not do the expected magic”.

A third respondent simply said: “We are civil servants. We serve anybody who occupies the office. A new governor has been named. We are only looking forward to see how he will operate from the office”.

-Vanguard

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