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Rochas Okorocha Blasts INEC, Declares Himself Winner!

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state
has reacted bitterly after INEC declared the
state’s gubernatorial election inconclusive .

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Yesterday,Returning Officer in Imo state,
Prof. Ibidapo Obe,declared the election
inconclusive because Mr. Okorocha’s
79,529 margin against his rival Emeka
Ihedioha of PDP was less than the 144,715
number of registered voters in wards where
elections did not hold or were cancelled.
While speaking to news men at the
Government House in Imo State today
Monday,Okorocha said:

“The electoral act has
talked about registered
voters and in the workings
of that act and in the spirit
of the law, you cannot not
make use of number of
registered voters, you
have to make use of
number of PVC collected.
“When you look at the
number of PVC collected
you find out that there is
no need for this
supplementary election
because the number of
PVC collected will be less
than the 79,000 votes
difference between me
and the PDP candidate.
But now they are basing
on the number of
registered voters. Number
of registered voters do not
cast the vote; it is the
number of PVC collected
that does,” You can only
change the date of a
burial but you cannot
change the burial. From
the results available, the
fact speaks for itself, we
have won this election
despite all the
irregularities, I am the
winner”

“Let me say that there is
no basis for comparison
when I’m told that I’m in
contest with the PDP
candidate and he scored
some votes it is not true. I
think I’m in contest with
more unseen elements
than the candidate
himself. If this election is
conducted in the way it
should be conducted in a
free and fair manner, my
opponent would have up
to 100,000 votes. Never.
Not in Imo State; not at
all,”

“If you look at what has
happened in his areas of
jurisdiction and his local
government, Mbaise local
government, Ahiazu,
Ezinnite, Aboh Mbaise,
where he gave himself
almost 80,000 votes. Can
you imagine in Aboh
Mbaise, you have 51,000
voters when the actual
PVC collected is about
60,000 and in Mbaitoli
where you have over
100,000 PVC collected the
total votes there is about
30,000 so that tells you
the manipulation. What
we saw in those areas
was simply the
militarisation of the entire
process – snatching of
ballot boxes and violence
and what have you.

“But because of these
manipulations and writing
of results and taking result
sheets and going to
somebody’s house –
escorted by security
agencies- to write the
result and come in the
private car to INEC
headquarters, that is why
many people think there is
a contest. So I’m not in
contest with that gentle
man, I’m in contest with
the entire manipulation of
the system and the
election,”

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