INEC declares Imo North rerun inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the result of Imo North senatorial district rerun inconclusive.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the poll was conducted on Saturday.

Also declared inconclusive were the results of Oru East and Isiala Mbano state constituencies following reported cases of shot out which characterised the exercise in some communities in the two affected areas.

The shootings were reported at Okata and Amiri in Oru East, while skirmishes and snatching of ballot boxes characterised the election in some communities in Isiala Mbano area.

Professor Arinze Agbogu, the Indepenent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returning officer for Imo North senatorial district, who announced the result on Sunday, however, said that Mr Ben Uwajumogu, the All Progressive Congress (APC’s) senatorial candidate, polled 48,921.

Agbogu also announced that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) Athan Achonu scored 40,142 votes to emerge second in the already declared result.

He explained that results of several polling units in Isiala Mbano area were characterised by irregularities leading to cancelation of the results.

Agbogu explained that the exercise was cancelled in 15 polling units with a total of 13,000 registered voters.

Meanwhile, the chairman, caretaker committee of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, on his Twitter handle on Sunday, said “the attempt to rig our party in the Imo North re-run is unacceptable. INEC and the security agencies must respect the wishes of the people.”