Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has denied forcing the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer of Imo West Senatorial election, Prof. Innocent Ibeawuchi to declare him winner.
“Prof. Ibeawuchi is a bloody liar, who may be acting a script. I enjoin him to return the money he may have collected from those who understand only rigging in election. I ask the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), here, to quickly correct these anomalies.”
“They should examine the returning officer to know his mental state. If he is not mental, then, he must be a criminal to have ever thought of that.”
“How could someone ask you to change the result of an election he has already won? My score is above 90,000, and the nearest to me is slightly above half of it, when you combine both Jones and Izunaso’s votes.”
“They can’t match or contest against me in Imo State, not to talk of Orlu zone. Am I even supposed to contest for Senate in Orlu; I never campaigned, but only declared and campaigned for three days.”
“Having won in nine out of the 12 local government areas announced, we heard that they were trying to move the result sheets to Owerri but when we demanded an explanation, the man (Ibeawuchi) said he was tired and didn’t feel safe, when nobody was threatening him.”
“At the end, we discovered that he didn’t have the declaration sheet. I wonder where this is taking us. I hope INEC would change this system because we will resist them if they try it in the next election.”