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Uzodinma Picks Female Lawyer As Running Mate, Dumps Deputy

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has dumped the incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Placid Njoku, as his running mate and picked a female lawyer, Nnedinma Ekomaru as his deputy governorship candidate ahead of the 11 November governorship election in the state.

Uzodinma, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, picked Ekomaru, as a replacement for Njoku.

Njoku was Uzodinma’s running mate during the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.

Both were sworn in as governor and deputy governor of the state in January 2020 after the Supreme Court nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared Mr Uzodinma, the winner of the governorship election.

Uzodinma will be completing his first tenure in January 2024.

The governor had submitted the name of the State Commissioner for Works, Ralph Nwosu, as a placeholder, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the exercise.

However, Mrs Ekomaru was confirmed as the governor’s running mate in the final list of candidates participating in the governorship election released by INEC on Tuesday.

The governor has given no reason for the decision to replace Mr Njoku.

Mrs Ekomaru is the wife of a former governorship aspirant of the PDP in the state, Chukwuma Ekomaru, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

She hails from Umunoha, a community in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state.

Her husband, Mr Ekomaru, is a political ally of the PDP governorship candidate in the state, Samuel Anyanwu, who hails from the Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state.

Ikeduru and Mbaitoli belonged to the defunct Mbaike Local Government Area of the state before two separate local government areas were created from it.

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