Owerri – Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, and Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been declared Senator-elect of Imo west senatorial zone.
Okorocha was declared winner on Monday by the returning officer, Francis Ibeawuchi at the collation center in Orlu local government area of Imo state.
According to Ibeabuchi, Okorocha garnered 97,762 to thrash his closest rival of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Jones Onyereri who got 68,117 as well as that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, with 30, 923 to come the third position.
But Onyereri of the PDP, has raised the alarm that the returning officer, Ibeawuchi was forced to declare Okorocha winner.
He said: “I was here to alert the whole world an hour ago that collation centre for the Imo West Senatorial district have been invaded” alleging that, “they are forcing the returning officer, Professor Francis Ibewuchi to declare Okorocha winner.”
Onyereri was worried that, the manner at which “the governor, with his staff, security agents led by the assistant Commissioner of police, Onu arrived at the collation center.
“At about 1am, Ibeawuchi pleaded that let us go to Owerri and announce this result that he is not safe again at the collation centre, but they refused and stopped the man. I hope the man stays alive in the next one minute. We are calling on international community to come to our rescue concerning the invasion.
“Just imagine, the number turned out in Ideato federal constituency is far above the registered voters.
“As it is now, they have not announced the genuine results, that is why they refused the man from coming to Owerri,” he said.