Collation of results at the INEC collation centre in Owerri has abruptly ended over the destruction of result sheets by party agents.
Trouble started when a PDP agent, Uche Onyeaguocha said that the result of Ideato South LGA should not be announced.
He alleged that supporters of Governor Rochas Okorocha had chased away party agents and wrote the result for their preferred candidate. He said he personally reported the incident to the REC who promised the results will not be accepted but was shoxked to see same result smuggled into the colation and ready to br read.
But other party agents insisted that the result should be announced, citing a similar occurrence at Mbaise LGA.
The state returning officer, Prof Francis Otunta, after consultation asked that the result in contention be announced.
But the PDP agents rushed to the table, seized and tore the result sheet.
In a swift reaction, another opposing party agent, Barr. Onwukaike Pascal, a former LGA Transition committee chairmain of Nkwerre LGA and close ally of Uche Nwosu who gained access into the collation center with a RPN party tag rushed to the high table and tore result sheets of other LGAs that had earlier been collated with help from Barr. Chris Asimobi of AA.
That led to a free – for -all as people scampered for safety, while policemen arrested the three contending agents.
So far Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP is mainaining a healthy lead with over 50000 votes over his closest rival and Governor Rochas Okorocha’s sob-in-law, Uche Nwosu of AA.
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