Thursday, 28 April 2011

News Report: Showdown Imminent In Nigeria's Imo State Between Youths And Election Commission

A showdown appears imminent in Nigeria's Imo State between youths and the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), if there is any attempt to manipulate the result of the yet to be concluded Imo State governorship election in favour of the governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, who is the candidate of the Peoples' Democratic Party(PDP).

As at Wednesday when the election commission declared the election "inconclusive", following cancellation of results of three local government areas, namely; Oguta, Egbema and Ngor-Okpala, Chief Rochas Okorocha, candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) was leading in twelve local government areas, while Ikedi Ohakim was leading in ten local government areas.

At the Port Harcourt Road office of  INEC,  a chidi opara reports network member reported an enhanced presence of fiece-looking and heavily armed soldiers and police anti-riot squad.

At the Maria Assumpta Cathedral junction, chidi opara reports witnessed the presence of youths with APGA flag and campaign posters of the APGA candidate. When approached, the leader of the group who gave his name as "Osama" said that they were waiting for the final result from INEC, "to continue our giration which started yesterday". When reminded of the new development, he threatened that "we will level their office if they try anything funny".

Eye witnesses told us that since about 7.00pm on Thursday,  bus loads of youths wearing campaign vests of the APGA candidate have been arriving at Owerri, the state capital from all parts of the state. These youths on arrival, according to these eye witnesses, usually proceed to unknown location within the town to camp.

A well placed APGA insider in Owerri told us that "those youths are defenders of democracy", but a State Security Service(SSS) contact, also in Owerri countered that "some of those youths are members of MASSOB". MASSOB stands for Movement For Actualization Of Sovereign State Of Biafra, a separatist group based in South-Eastern Nigeria, whose leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike is known to be a protege of ex-Biafran leader, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, who is also the national leader of APGA.

Checks by chidi opara reports in Owerri revealed that there is widespread suspicion that INEC would manipulate result of the re-scheduled election to favour the PDP candidate.

News Report: Verified 2011 Governorship Election Results

Click Here To Read Results