Massive Protest Breaks Out In APC, As INEC Makes U-Turn, Announces PDP As The Winner Of The February 23 Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Imo State, on Monday, has declared Jerry Alagboso, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the winner of the Orlu/Orsu/Oru East Federal Constituency election.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, protested after the declaration of the new results, on Monday afternoon.
Recall, that INEC had earlier declared the election inconclusive, but the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, has now declared Alagboso, as the winner.
Giving reasons for the reversal, Ezeonu said that the Returning Officer did not apply the Electoral Guidelines properly, in declaring the election inconclusive.
According to him, the Electoral Guidelines had stipulated that areas where Card Readers were not deployed, either as a result of violence or compromise, such areas should have zero returns.
He said that some of the areas declared inconclusive, actually had results, while others did not.
This, he said, necessitated INEC to have a rethink and apply the Electoral Law, as stipulated.
Immediately the results were announced, there was an uproar, as the APC accused INEC of bias.