APC Wins In Owerri West Re-run, Others Inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC, has declared as
“inconclusive”, the Okigwe senatorial
zone re-run election, while the ALl
Progressives Congress, APC, candidate
for Owerri West assembly seat won the electoral contest.
Also declared inconclusive was the
result of the state assembly seats for
Oru East and Isiala Mbano local council
areas of the state.
Vanguard gathered that the Oru East state assembly re-run election had to
be declared inconclusive because of
the shoot out at Okata and Amiri
communities in Oru East, between
supporters of the rival parties midway
into the election. Similarly, there were some reported
skirmishes in some voting centres in
Okigwe and Onuimo local government
areas, where the re-run poll took
place. The INEC Returning Officer,
Professor Arinze Agbogu, who
announced this yesterday, while
addressing the press, however said
that the candidate of All
Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Benjamin Uwajumogu, had already
scored a total of 48,921 votes, to
the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
flag bearer, Chief Athan Achonu
grabbed 40,142 votes. The Returning Officer equally
announced that a new date would be
announced for the re-run poll in the
15 identified polling booths, where
about 13,000 registered voters would
be expected to eventually cast their votes.
Vanguard recalls that as at 12.43pm
Saturday, when the initial report was
filed from Osu Achara Ward, Isiala
Mbano local government area, there
was no recorded incident of violence. When contacted on his mobile line, the
Commissioner of Police, CP, Mr. Taiwo
Lakanu, who temporarily moved his
Command’s Headquarters to Okigwe,
confirmed that “there has been no
reported case of violence anywhere in the affected areas”.
While saying that he has his men are
on red alert, the Imo police boss also
said that the Command was ready to
tackle any eventuality, wherever and
whenever it reared its ugly head. “There is no recorded violence in any
of the areas where the re-run election
is taking place. Our men are
everywhere and ready to promptly
tackle any incident, whenever and
wherever it rears its ugly head”, the CP said.
As at the time of going to press, voting
had smoothly commenced in the
polling units visited.