A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Owerri - Gov. Rochas Okorocha of
Imo has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to
urgently collate the results in the remaining wards in the state and declare
The governor made the call on Tuesday in Owerri while giving
an insight into what transpired in the various polling units in the state.
Prof. Oyewale Obe, the Returning Officer for the state INEC,
had on Sunday declared the Imo governorship election inconclusive due to the
cancellation of results of polls in some electoral wards spreading across
23 local government areas of the state.
Okorocha accused some INEC staff and the Police of
complacency with the intention to commit electoral fraud to the disadvantage of
He commended the people of Imo for their show of support and
solidarity before, during and after the elections.
Also read: INEC declares Imo governorship election inconclusive
He enjoined them to remain calm and peaceful, assuring them
that their wish would ultimately prevail as they demonstrated at the polls.
“Imo is our state to protect, irrespective of whatever
political party that is in power.
“It is our collective responsibility to defend democracy
which is government of the people, by the people and for the people.''
The governor expressed regret that supplementary
governorship election had become the in thing in the state since 2011 as he was
elected via a supplementary governorship election and expressed optimism that
he would win.
According to him, the declaration of the governorship
election in the state as inconclusive was untenable.
He claimed he had met the constitutional
requirements to be declared winner of the polls.
Okorocha commiserated with individuals whom he said suffered
one form of humiliation or the other during the polls and assured them that the
state government would take steps to remedy their plight.