Under duress’, INEC official declares Okorocha winner of senatorial election

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Rochas Okorocha

The returning officer for Imo West Senatorial District, I.I. Ibeabuchi, has declared outgoing governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, winner of the Senate seat.

Mr Ibeabuchi, a professor, however, said he was “forced” to declare the results at the Imo West election collation centre in Orlu INEC office.

By the results, the governor won 10 of the total 12 LGAs, making him the ‘winner’ of the elections.

The results came shortly after Okorocha stormed the collation centre with a contingent of police officials. He tried to persuade Mr Ibeabuchi to complete the results. The professor initially refused to bulge.

Journalists and observers were initially chased out of the centre.

Shortly after Okorocha left, his closest challenger, Jones Onyeriri, also visited the centre.

Security officials are firing teargas to disperse crowd of party officials in the midst of the controversy at the collation centre.

Mr Ibeabuchi is being questioned by party agents to explain why he said he declared the results “under duress.

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