- Governor Rochas Okorocha has stormed the Imo West collation centre
- The governor stormed the collation centre after the returning officer there stopped collating result
- The returning officer reportedly claimed he was directed to return to Owerri
There was a mild drama at the Imo West collation centre after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s returning officer in the centre stopped collating results and announced that he has been directed to return to Owerri immediately.
Premium Times reports that the returning officer, Professor Ibeawuchi, said due to the urgent call from Owerri, the state capital, he will postpone announcing the rest of the result till Monday morning.
Governor Rochas Okorocha, who is the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s senatorial candidate, however, stormed the collation centre in the early hours of Monday after Ibeawuchi's announcement.
Okorocha, who is in early lead in 8 out of the 9 local government already announced, stormed the centre to persuade the returning officer to continue with the process.
Journalists and election observers were ordered out of the room and APC members at the centre insisted the returning officer cannot leave until he has finished announcing the result.
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However, Ibeabuchi refused to be persuaded to stay by the governor.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), John Onyeriri, was also at the collation centre.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo, delivered his polling unit in Nkwerre local government area of Imo state state to President Muhammadu Buhari.
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