Political alignment ahead of the 2023 Imo State Governorship Election has begun in earnest as Politicians in the Eastern State are already warming up to slug it out with the incumbent Governor Hope Uzodinma. Notable among these Governorship Hopefuls are
1. Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha
The 55years-old Ihedioha is the immediate past Governor of Imo State, he was removed from office following a Supreme Court Judgement about Nine months after his inaguration. Ihedioha, an Ex-Lawmaker represented Aboh/Mbiase/Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2015 under the PDP platform, he served as Deputy Speaker from 2011 to 2015.
2. Senator Ifeanyi Ararume
Ararume, a veteran Governorship Aspirant has traversed the PDP, ACN, APC and APGA since he began his political career in 1999. The Businessman turned Politician who hails from Okigwe Zone represented Imo North Senatorial District at the National Assembly between 1999 and 2007 under the PDP platform.
3. Hon. Uche Nwosu
The 45years-old Nwosu is a Son-in-law to Owelle Rochas Okorocha, a Former Governor of Imo State and incumbent Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District at the National Assembly. He was the 2019 Gubernatorial Candidate of the Action Alliance (AA). The Nkwerre-born Politician has previously served as Commissioner, Deputy Chief of Staff and also Chief of Staff to the Imo State Government.
4. Chief Ikedi Ohakim
Ohakim, 63 is a Businessman cum Politician, He came into political limelight in 1992 following his appointment as Commissioner for Commerce and Industry by the then Governor Evans Enwerem (Now late). Ohakim served as Governor of Imo State from 2007 to 2011, he lost his re-election bid to Rochas Okorocha in April 2011.
5. Senator Samuel Anyanwu
Popularly known as Sam Daddy, The 55years-old Anyanwu was a 2019 PDP Gubernatorial Aspirant. He began his political career in 2004 as Chairman of Ikeduru Local Government Area, a position he held until 2007 when he was elected to represent Ikeduru State Constituency at the Imo State House of Assembly. Anyanwu served in that capacity until 2015 when he contested and won the Imo East Senatorial Seat under the PDP platform.
6. Prince Eze Madumere
An Enterpreneur and Administrator cum Politician, The 56years-old Madumere came into limelight in 2011 following his appointment as Chief of Staff by the then Governor Rochas Okorocha, a position he held until 2013 when he became the Deputy Governor of Imo State, a position he held till the end of Okorocha's tenure in May 2019.
7. Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho
Ihenacho is a retired Naval Officer, Businessman and Politician. He hails from Imo Central Senatorial District (Owerri Zone), he was the Minister of Interior between April 2010 and May 2011 under the Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan-led Administration. Captain Ihenacho contested to become the Governor of Imo State in 2015 under the APGA platform but did not win.
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