Rochas Okorocha contested to represent Imo West Senatorial district in the just concluded election. After the collation of results, Innocent Ibeabuchi, INEC Returning Officer for Imo West Senatorial District, declared Rochas Okorocha winner of the election.
However, Innocent Ibeabuchi has since said he was “forced” to declare the results at the Imo West election collation centre in Orlu.
Giving his reason for the declaration, Ibeabuchi had said he was “held up at the centre by supporters of Okorocha,” who insisted he must complete the announcement.”
The returning officer’s account might have necessitated the omission of Rochas Okorocha’s name from INEC’s list, as the commission simply explained the omission on its website as “declaration under duress.”
Names of five other candidates in Abuja South, Kogi East, Ondo South, Plateau South, Rivers East and West, as well as Imo North, were also missing as supplementary elections will be conducted in those areas, while the candidate of Bauchi South will be determined by the court.