The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued the certificate of return to Hope Uzodinma as governor of Imo state.

May Agbamuche-Mbu, INEC national commissioner, presented the certificate to Uzodinma in Abuja on Wednesday.

Uzodinma has taken over from Emeka Ihedioha who was sworn in May, 2019.

Ihedioha had been declared winner in the governorship election, having scored the highest number of votes but Uzodinma challenged his victory at the tribunal and appeal court but lost.

However, the supreme court nullified Ihedioha’s election after ruling that votes from 388 polling units belonging to Uzodinma were unduly subtracted from his total votes tally.Ifeanyi Ararume, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and Uche Nwosu, candidate of Action Alliance (AA), accompanied Uzodinma to pick the certificate of return.