Okorocha secures senate seat, PDP weep

Okorocha secures senate seat, PDP weep

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor, as the winner of the Imo west senatorial election.

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Francis Ibeawuchi, INEC returning officer for the election, declared that Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner after he polled a total of 97,762 votes and won in ten of the 12 local government areas.

Jones Onyereri, his closest challenger who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), scored 63,117 votes.

The returning officer, however, said he was “forced” to announce the results.

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The announcement was controversially stopped on Sunday night after results from nine local governments were collated, with Okorocha leading in eight of them.

Ibeawuchi had said he stopped the process because he was asked to “return” to Owerri, the state capital.

When he continued on Monday morning, returning officer announced the remaining three local government areas, with Okorocha winning in two of them.

Before then, both Okorocha and Onyeriri had separately visited the collation centre.