I was forced to declare APC winner in Imo West- Prof Innocent Ibeawuchi

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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.”

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