The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reportedly declared Jerry Alagbaso winner of the House of Representatives election held in Orsu/Orsu/Oru East federal constituency of Imo state on February 23.
The result was announced by the Returning Officer, Professor Innocent Madufor, in Owerri, the state capital on Monday, March 4.
Announcing the result, Madufor said that Alagboso polled 21,273 to defeat the AA candidate, Dr Ikenna Ihezuo, who polled 2,171 votes and APC’s Edwin Iheanacho, with 20,061 votes.
The announcement is coming ten days after the election which was marred with allegations of violence and snatching of ballot boxes, was held.
Daily Trust reports that the Action Alliance (AA), All Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressives Grand (APGA) candidates are now protesting the result.
INEC had earlier declared the election inconclusive, but the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu later declared Alagboso winner.
Giving reasons for the reversal, Ezeonu said that the returning officer did not apply the electoral guidelines properly in declaring the election inconclusive.
He said the electoral guidelines had stipulated that areas where card readers were not deployed, either as a result of violence or compromise, such areas should have zero returns.
He said that some of the areas declared inconclusive actually had results, while others didn’t.
He said this necessitated INEC to have a rethink and apply the electoral law, as stipulated.
Following the announcement of the results, there was an uproar as the three parties accused INEC of bias.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, had described his suspension as a plot to bring into destruction the chance of the APC in the southeast region by some selfish people ahead of 2023.
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Reacting to his suspension, the Imo governor said the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, was heavily blinded by 2023 presidency, thus making attempt to ruin the region's chances.
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