The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has cut short in the early hours of yesterday, the victory dance of the incumbent governor of Imo State and governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Rochas Okorocha.
The commission while declaring the Imo State election result said the poll was inconclusive.
The State Returning Officer, SRO, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, who announced the suspension of the process, explained that the action stemmed from the cancellation of 144,715 votes in various polling booths in about 23 local government areas.
Ibidapo-Obe also cited complaints of irregularities that emanated from several polling booths across the 305 wards of the state as part of reason for declaring the election inconclusive.
According to the SRO, Owerri Municipal, Ideato South, Ideato North and Ahiazu Mbaise local government areas would not be subjected to another round of voting.
“All other local government areas had one type of infringement or the other,” the SRO said.
“I shall not do any declaration. We have various cancellations in various units and wards. ‘’The affected polling units in the local governments totalled 144,715. The margin of lead from the two leading parties is 79,529, and because o this figure, this election is inconclusive,” he concluded.