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Imo State elections: Residents mobilize for mass protest as Okorocha allegedly stops INEC from declaring results

Imo State elections: Residents mobilize for mass protest as Okorocha allegedly stops INEC from declaring results

There is confusion in Imo State following the alleged stoppage of the announcement of results by banditry allegedly sponsored by incumbent Governor Rochas Okorocha and his family members.

The battle for the Government House was majorly fought between the Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, who is contesting on the platform of the Action Alliance, AA, and All Progressives Congress, APC’s Hope Uzodinma.

Communities in the State are now set for mass protest in demand of immediate announcement of results.

DAILY POST gathered that the Ihedioha of the PDP is currently cruising to victory in all the Local Government Areas announced by INEC so far.

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There may be a serious breakdown of law and order across communities in the State as the people demand immediate conclusion and announcement of all the results.

Youths in the state are preparing for massive protests unless the result of the election, especially that of governorship is made public without further delay, a source told DAILY POST.

There have been several reports earlier concerning the activities of aides including the Special Adviser to the Governor on Electoral Matters, Steve Asinobi, and the governor’s friend, Paschal Onwukaike who were accused of being the masterminds of violent disruption of collation of the governorship election.

Agents of other parties were said to have complained that only Action Alliance (AA) party agent signed the result in exclusion of others. They alleged that Governor Okorocha personally chased out all party agents and replaced the INEC result with his personal one.

Following the trouble caused by agents of AA party and thugs stationed there by the party, electoral officers were quickly smuggled out of the hall by security agents.

It would be recalled that pandemonium broke out in Umuaka, Orlu Local Government Area, as a young man who just returned to Nigeria from abroad in order to participate in the election was killed on the day of the election.

The deceased, identified as Uchenna Agugua, who hails from Umuaka community in Orlu L.G.A, Imo state, was killed following mayhem said to have been caused by thugs.

According to Gideon Chidiebere, the deceased came back from Mozambique just for election before his death. His body has been deposited in the mortuary as investigations are going on to apprehend all those connected to the killing.

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