Oko­rocha praises vot­ers as INEC de­clares Imo rerun in­con­clu­sive

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From John kennedy Uzoma, Ow­erri

The In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) has de­clared the rerun elec­tion con­ducted in Imo North Se­na­to­rial District as in­con­clu­sive.

Also de­clared in­con­clu­sive were the elec­tions for both Oru East and Isiala Mbano lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas, and some ar­eas where state House of As­sem­bly rerun elec­tions were held.

Daily Trust learnt that dur­ing the elec­tions, sound of gun­shots were heard at Okata and Amiri polling units, in Oru East Lo­cal Govern­ment Area, while pock­ets of vi­o­lence were also re­ported in some vot­ing cen­tres in Okigwe and Onuimo ar­eas.

Declar­ing the elec­tion in­con­clu­sive, yesterday, at the Okigwe INEC of­fice, the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, Prof. Arinze Ag­bogu, said that a sup­ple­men­tary elec­tion would be con­ducted in 15 polling units across the Okigwe Se­na­to­rial Zone, were elec­tion were not held.

He said that a new date for the elec­tion would be fixed by the elec­toral em­pire.

The re­turn­ing of­fi­cer said that so far, can­di­date of the APC, Ben Uwa­ju­mogu, who scored a to­tal of 48,921, was in the early lead, while can­di­date of the PDP, Athan Achonu, trailed him with 40,142 votes.

He said that while the vote dif­fer­ence be­tween the two can­di­dates stood at 8,777, a to­tal of 13,000 reg­is­tered vot­ers were ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the rerun.

Mean­while, Gover­nor Rochas Oko­rocha has com­mended the elec­torates in Okigwe Se­na­to­rial Zone, Oru-East and Ow­erri West state con­stituen­cies for sup­port­ing the APC can­di­dates.

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