The collation and announcement of results have been abruptly suspended in Imo state following violent protests at the INEC collation centre in Owerri on Monday.
Concise News understands that problem started when the returning officer from Ideato South Local Government was asked by the Imo Returning Election Commissioner (REC), Francis Ezeonu, to commence the announcement of Ideato South result.
Immediately the returning officer sat down to announce the results, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agent, Mr Uche Onyeagocha, and other party agents, Paschal Onwukaike of Democratic Alternative (DA) and Steve Asimobi of Redemption Party (RP), protested the announcement of the results.
This led to a serious argument whereby the PDP agent alleged that the Ideato South result favoured the Action Alliance candidate with a landslide figure and as such should not be announced.
The PDP, AA, AD and RP agents tore the governorship election result sheets for Ideato South.
Onyeagocha claimed ”that the PDP and other party agents were intimidated at the Ideato South LGA collation centre and prayed that the REC cancels the result.”
In the midst of the violence, the PDP candidate and the others were arrested by the security operatives present while Ezeonu and the Imo Returning Officer, Francis Otonta, were taken away to safety, leading to the halting of the announcement of results in Imo State.
Concise News learned that before the violence started, results from 11 LGAs out of the 27 LGAs had been announced.