Though Governor Rochas Okorocha  has been declared as the winner of Imo West senatorial election held last Saturday, fresh doubts are now been casted on his victory.

The Returning Officer for the Imo West senatorial election, Prof Innocent Ibeawuchi has made a shocking claim  that he  was forced to declare Okorocha the winner by the  supporters of the All Progressives Congress candidate.

According to the result, Okorocha polled  97,762 votes to  win the election ahead  of the Peoples Democratic Party’s   Mr Jones Onyereri (68,117) and All Progressive Grand Alliance’s Osita Izunaso (30,084).

Ibeawuchi claimed, while  addressing  reporters   after  announcing the result on  Monday in Owerri, that he was held hostage from 7pm on Sunday till 11am on Monday.

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The don said  because  he  feared  for his life, he had to announce the result which he claimed was inconclusive,  because of the electoral fraud  in eight  LGAs.

He said he was rescued after he had announced the result by policemen and soldiers.

He said, “I was compelled to announce the result which was inconclusive. I am a man  of integrity and it is not true that the governor slapped me but  I was held hostage by agents working for him. I was manhandled and I thank God I came back alive.”

But Okorocha dismissed the allegations, insisting he deserved to win the election.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor described the  returning officer as “a bloody liar who may be acting a script”.


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