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Something smells fishy: Oguta assembly re-run election declared inconclusive; parties claim victory

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Something smells fishy: Oguta assembly re-run election declared inconclusive; parties claim victory

by Dare Lawal

Again, a small constituency election to determine which candidate will represent Oguta in the Imo state assembly has proved to be too herculean a task for the electoral body to successfully pull off.

The Oguta re-run election conducted over the weekend, which pitted Eugene Dibiagwu of the PDP and Walter Uzowanne of APGA against each other, was declared as “inconclusive” by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Imo State, Professor Celina Okoh.

She said that for now, the result cannot be declared, and disclosed that she has already transmitted a report to Abuja stating that fact.

However, the opposing sides in the election are claiming different margins of victory.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, claimed through its Publicity Secretary, Chief Blyden Amajirionwu that it was the clear winner in the election, gaining 7,585 votes to the 7,241 of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, candidate.

APGA however disputes those claims, insisting that it polled 2,000 votes more to what was claimed by the PDP.

But the electoral boss said that “The result could not be declared because the poll was inconclusive. Voting did not take place in some polling units.”

The state REC also confirmed that she had already transmitted the situation report to INEC headquarters, adding that it was only the headquarters that could say if and when a supplementary election would be held for the outstanding assembly seat.

“I have transmitted the report of what happened to Abuja. I am now waiting for further directives from the Headquarters on what next to do,” she said.

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