Independent National Electoral Commission INEC yesterday declared the rerun elections conducted for Imo North senatorial district and Oru East and Isiala Mbano state constituencies in Imo State inconclusive.
Announcing the election outcome, yesterday at the Okigwe LGA office of INEC, the the Returning Officer, Prof. Arinze Agbogu said that election in 15 polling units across the Okigwe senatorial district were cancelled.
He also announced that supplementary election for the affected polling units would be fixed by the commission on a new date.
Agbogu said that All Progressive Congress, APC, candidate, Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu polled a total of 48,921 votes while his PDP counterpart, Sen. Athan Achonu had 40,142 votes respectively in the areas concluded last weekend.
According to him, the vote margin stands at 8,777 while a total of 13,000 registered voters are expected to participate in the would be rerun
The result announced showed that in Okigwe LGA APC pulled 9355, while PDP scored 4343, Onuimo LGA, APC scored 3636, PDP 3850, Ihitte/Uboma LGA APC polled 10171, while PDP got 8184, Obowo LGA APC-13401, PDP-6041, Ehime/Mbano LGA-APC 5795, PDP-13,048,and Isiala Mbano APC-6569, PDP 7676
It was gathered that there was a heavy shootout at Okata and Amiri polling units in the Oru East council area while pockets of violence were reported in some voting centres in Okigwe and Onuimo council area.
The Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha however has thanked the electorate in Okigwe Senatorial Zone, Oru-East and Owerri West State Constituencies where the INEC conducted re-run elections took place last Saturday, for voting the candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
In a statement issued yesterday by Sam Onwuemeodo Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Owelle Okorocha also commended INEC for ensuring free and fair election and reiterated that election won’t be rigged again in the state.
He equally commended all the security agencies who were out to ensure that the people’s votes counted saying, “The era of coerced victory in an election in the state is over and for good. Never again would anybody use security agencies to intimidate the electorate and rig election.”
He declared that he holds nothing against INEC for declaring the senatorial election in Okigwe zone inconclusive because of one ward out of the sixty-four wards in the senatorial zone adding that his party has always believed in the independence of INEC.
“That is why we won’t take exception to the declaration of the election in Okigwe zone inconclusive because of one ward,” he added.
The governor said he had insisted on free and fair election for all to know what remains of PDP in the state after they had used all the rigging arsenals within their reach backed by all the security agencies and INEC in 2015 to rig the presidential and National Assembly election.
“And with what happened on Saturday, it is now very clear that the PDP in Imo cannot win any election in the state in a free and fair poll. The election last Saturday has made their weakness in the state manifest.
“The governor remains elated that for the first time since 2003, the PDP in the state would go into an election without the full backing of federal might, INEC and security agencies, and said Imo people would remain grateful to God for liberating them from the onslaught of the PDP during elections,” the statement read.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the case of the Okigwe zone senatorial election, although INEC declared the election inconclusive after cancelling the result from Osuachara ward in Isiala Mbano LGA, but the figures already on ground showed that the APC candidate, Ben Uwajumogu is in a very comfortable lead to the extent that whatever will be the outcome of the Osuachara ward at the end of the day won’t affect his victory.
For Oru-East and Owerri West state Constituencies where election also took place, the APC candidates won. All these developments have gone a long way to entail that APC in Imo is never under any threat by the PDP.
Meanwhile, in Kogi state, Air Marshal Isaac Alfa, (rtd) a former Chief of Air Staff has been declared the winner of the Kogi East Senatorial repeat re-run poll.
According to the result of the election released by INEC on Sunday in Lokoja, Alfa who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 57, 575 votes to defeat five other candidates.
The ruling party, the All Progressives Congress ( APC) did not participate in the election due to an Appeal Court judgment banning it from fielding a candidate.
Prof. Lucky Ovwhasa who was the returning officer for the election said that Alfa was declared winner after polling the highest number Of votes.
The returning officer said that the candidates of ACPN, KOWA, MPPP, UPP and the Labour Party scored 1,793 , 888, 498, 349 and 11,908 votes in the election respectively.

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