July 24, 2016
APC Wins Owerri West Re-run Election, Others Inconclusive
Also declared inconclusive was the result of the state assembly seats for Oru East and Isiala Mbano.
According to Vanguard, 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, however said that the candidate of the 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 are expected to cast vote.
It would be recalled 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.