JUST IN: ‘Declared Beneath Duress’ — INEC Strikes Out Okorocha’s Title From Official Senators-Elect Record

The title of Rochas Okorocha, the outgoing Governor of Imo State, is lacking from the record of senators-elect revealed by the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) on Monday.

Okorocha contested to symbolize Imo West Senatorial District within the February 23 election.

After the collation of outcomes, Harmless Ibeabuchi, INEC Returning Officer for Imo West Senatorial District, declared Okorocha winner of the election.

Nonetheless, Ibeabuchi has since mentioned he was “compelled” to declare the outcomes on the Imo West election collation centre in Orlu.

Narrating his purpose for the declaration, Ibeabuchi had mentioned he was “held up on the centre by supporters of Mr Okorocha”, who insisted he should full the announcement.

The returning officer’s account may need necessitated the omission of Okorocha’s title from INEC’s record, because the fee merely defined the omission on its web site as “declaration underneath duress”.

The names of 5 different candidates in Abuja South, Kogi East, Ondo South, Plateau South, Rivers East and West, in addition to Imo North, as supplementary elections will likely be carried out in these areas, whereas the candidate of Bauchi South will likely be decided by the court docket.