The allegation raised by the Returning Officer of Imo West senatorial election, Prof. Innocent Ibeawuchi, has attracted a reaction from the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
Governor Okorocha had been accused by the returning officer of forcing him to announce him (Okorocha) as the winner in the Saturday election.
Ibeawuchi while speaking with journalists on Monday after announcing the results claimed that he was hostage from 7 pm on Sunday till 11 am on Monday.
According to him, he 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,” he said.
The Governor in his reaction has described the Returning Officer as a blatant liar, claiming that he deserved his victory.
Gov. Okorocha said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo.
He said Prof. Ibeawuchi was “a bloody liar who may be acting a script.”
“I ask the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), here, to quickly correct these anomalies.
“The returning officer is a bloody liar, who may be acting a script. I enjoin him to return the money he may have collected from those who understand only rigging in the election.
“They should examine the returning officer to know his mental state. If he is not mental, then, he must be a criminal to have ever thought of that.
“How could someone ask you to change the result of an election he has already won? My score is above 90,000, and the nearest to me is slightly above half of it when you combine both Jones and Izunaso’s votes.
“They can’t match or contest against me in Imo State, not to talk of Orlu zone. Am I even supposed to contest for Senate in Orlu; I never campaigned, but only declared and campaigned for three days.
“Having won in nine out of the 12 local government areas announced, we heard that they were trying to move the result sheets to Owerri but when we demanded an explanation, the man (Ibeawuchi) said he was tired and didn’t feel safe when nobody was threatening him.
“At the end, we discovered that he didn’t have the declaration sheet. I wonder where this is taking us. I hope INEC would change this system because we will resist them if they try it in the next election.”
Source: Naija News