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INEC suspends announcement of results in Imo

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Announcement of results has ended in a fight at the Imo state Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, along Port Harcourt road in Owerri, Imo state.

The drama started by 05:30am on Monday, when the results from Ideato South local government area was about to be announced, vanguardngr reported.

The state party agent to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Onyegucha, raised an objection that the results should not be announced. His reasons was that “All the electoral officers were taken to a particular place to write the results.

Before the suspension, The Peoples Democratic Party Governorship candidate in Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has taken the lead in the results from the 11 local government areas so far declared by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Francis Otunta.

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The former deputy speaker, House of Representatives, is leading other candidates with over 70,000 votes, having polled 128,732 votes.

His closest rival, Uche Nwosu of Action Alliance, had so far scored 66,852 followed by Senator Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressives Congress Grand Alliance who scored 37,107.

The All Progressives Congress candidate, Senator Hope Uzodimma has polled 27,331 while the Accord Party candidate, Ihedi Ohakim scored 2,047.

The result declaration was disrupted at 5 am this morning by the PDP agent, Uche Onyeagocha, the Special Adviser to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Electoral Matters, Steve Asinobi, and his associate, Paschal Onwukaike.

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Their action followed the opposition of the PDP agent to the declaration of the results for Ideato South Local Government Area.

The PDP agent said no other party agent apart from that of the AA signed the result for Ideato South LGA where he alleged that Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha’s agents chased out all party agents and switched the election results.

Also that the party agents were driven away by the agents of the government and the results were written in a favour of one candidate.”

But party agents to the Democratic Alternative, DA, Paschal Onwukaike, challenged him (Onyegucha) on the reason for which the results should be cancelled.

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At a point both agents were forced to engage in a loud argument which resulted to fighting and torching the INEC, materials.

However, the security operatives at the INEC, office have arrested the duo of Onyegucha and Onwukaike, including Steve Asinobi.