By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI — THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared weekend’s re-run election for the Oguta State Assembly seat as “inconclusive”. Confirming this development in a telephone interview, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Imo State, Professor Celina Okoh, explained that the result could not be declared because the poll was inconclusive.
Her assertion was, however, debunked by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which through its Publicity Secretary, Chief Blyden Amajirionwu claimed it won the election by 7,585 votes to the 7,241 polled by the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, candidate. APGA chieftains on the contrary claimed that their party polled 2,000 votes more to what was claimed by the PDP.
Professor Okoh, however, affirmed that the election was inconclusive. He said: “The result could not be declared because the poll was inconclusive. Voting did not take place in some polling units.” The state REC also confirmed that she had already transmitted the situation report to INEC headquarters, adding that it was only the headquarters that could say if and when a supplementary election would be held for the outstanding assembly seat.
She said: “I have transmitted the report of what happened to Abuja. I am now waiting for further directives from the Headquarters on what next to do.”When asked if there would be supplementary election, Professor Okoh said the decision would be determined by INEC headquarters.