The Returning Officer for the Imo West senatorial election on Saturday, Prof Innocent Ibeawuchi, has alleged that he was forced to declare Governor Rochas Okorocha the winner of the poll by the supporters of the All Progressives Congress candidate.
According to the result, Okorocha polled 97,762 votes to win the election ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Mr Jones Onyereri (68,117) and All Progressive Grand Alliance’s Osita Izunaso (30,084).
Ibeawuchi claimed, while addressing reporters after announcing the result on Monday in Owerri, that he was held hostage from 7pm on Sunday till 11am on Monday.
The don said because he feared for his life he had to announce the result which he claimed was inconclusive, because of the electoral fraud in eight LGAs.
He said he was rescued after he had announced the result by policemen and soldiers.
He said, “I 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.”