Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola at the polling booth waiting to cast his vote ~ Israel Ojoko
Owerri - Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Monday protested the outcome of elections in Imo, alleging the use of soldiers in the exercise.
Okorocha told journalists in Owerri that soldiers freely molested and harassed innocent people and barred them from exercising their franchise.
He further alleged that ballot boxes were snatched and two people shot at Amala in Ngor Okpala local government area and another in Owerri Municipal.
According to him, one of the victims died while the other person was lying critical at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri.
Okorocha described the election of Saturday as the "worst act of militarization of democracy".
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He said that what was witnessed in Imo was a far cry from the expectations of the people.
He, therefore, called for the cancellation of elections in Ngor Okpala, Aboh Mbaise, Ehime Mbano, Isiala Mbano, Ohaji/Egbema and Oru East local governments, claiming that no election held in the areas due to the lack of materials.
Okorocha, however, denied assaulting any INEC official but trailed the commission’s convoy when he learnt that they killed two persons in a motor accident and made away with the corpses.
The governor had earlier complained of the arrest and detention of his Senior Special Adviser, Sam Onwuemeodo, and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chidi Ibeh, during the elections.