By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to unconditionally release the result of Oguta re-run election for the state assembly seat, which had been vacant for about two years.
The governor’s plea came as the state People’s Democratic Party, PDP, reacted angrily to the figures being peddled by the state government as coming from the re-run election.
Okorocha, who made the plea while addressing newsmen, also warned of dire consequences that would be meted out to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, if he decided to speak on the several antics of the party faithful in the state.
Okorocha said: “The Oguta re-run election was very peaceful despite provocations. The result was duly signed by one Cynthia Oguika, engaged by INEC to do the job of the returning officer. I appeal to INEC to make good its name and release the result.
He expressed delight that no life was lost but warned PDP members not to overstretch their luck.
The governor, however, expressed regrets that this was the fourth time election in Oguta had been declared inconclusive.
Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the state has reacted angrily to the figures being peddled by the state government as coming from the last re-run election for Oguta State constituency seat.
According to a statement signed by party’s Publicity Secretary, Chief Blyden Amajirionwu, the PDP candidate, Chief Eugene Dibiagwu, was ahead of the All Progressives Grand Alliance candidate, Mr. Walter Uzonwanne.
Amajirionwu said: “Contrary to the misinformation and falsehood being peddled by APGA in Imo State, the PDP went into the Oguta re-run election prepared to obey the rules and indeed obeyed the rules.
“APGA and its government saw the election as a do-or-die matter and deployed thugs in all the wards in Oguta”.
He recalled that the army and other security agencies were able to contain the excesses of the thugs, adding that at Osemoto Ward, the thugs were more brazen and had the effrontery to engage the police in a fight.
He alleged that government officials handed over to the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, a result for Osemoto Ward.
Happily, the Federal INEC Commissioner from Abuja was informed about these development and the result from Osemoto was cancelled as no election was held there”.
Amajirionwu said: “As we speak, the true inconclusive result by INEC has the PDP leading. We state this clearly for the world to now see what happened in the Oguta re-run election”.