Following violent protests at the collation centre in Owerri on Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) suspended collation and announcing results.

Trouble started when the Returning Officer from Ideato South Local Government was asked by the Imo REC, Prof. Francis Ezeonu, to commence the announcement of Ideato South result.

As soon as the Returning Officer sat down to announce the result, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agent, Uche Onyeagocha, and his counterparts, Paschal Onwukaike of Democratic Alternative (DA) and Steve Asimobi of Redemption Party (RP), protested the announcement of the results from Ideato South.

This development led to arguments where Onyeagocha alleged that the Ideato South result favoured the Action Alliance candidate with an outrageous figure and as such should not be announced.

A verbal altercation culminated in the governorship election result sheets for Ideato South being shred by aggrieved parties.

During the violence that ensued, Onyeagocha and the others were arrested by the security operatives present while Ezeonu and the Imo Returning Officer, Professor Francis Otonta, were whisked away.

Before the fracas, results from 11 LGAs of the 27 LGAs had been announced.

After the police brought the situation under control, Professor Francis Otonta returned and said he is not under any pressure to announce doctored results, before asking all parties to maintain decorum before he continued the announcement.


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