Okigwe Senatorial Rerun Marred by Low Turnout, Rain


Amby Uneze in Owerri

The Okigwe senatorial zone of Imo State re-run election and that of the state House of Assembly in three local governments of the state held yesterday witnessed voter apathy as well as heavy rain which marred the voting process.

In some of the polling units visited at Oru-Owere ward 1 and 2, Amaraku ward 1 and 2 in Isiala Mbano LGA, there were few number of voters who gathered to cast their votes. People stayed back at their homes against the earlier order by INEC as many went to market and farms.

Also at the other polling units in other local government areas, there was the same situation as many voters felt less concerned about the election.

Meanwhile the conduct of the election generally was peaceful as there was free movement of people from one end to the other, indicating that the exercise went normally.

Speaking with newsmen, the PDP federal House of Representatives member for Okigwe/Onuimo/Isiala Mbano federal constituency, Hon. Obinna Onwubuariri commended the security agencies and the general peaceful conductor of the election. He however said from the indication of voters, his party would carry the day.

Former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim allayed fear of writing the result of the election by the ruling party, adding that, if the result of the election was otherwise, it would not be acceptable to the people because PDP did their ground work well.

He said however the PDP would certainly clinch the victory of the election in the end and warned those whose intention was to write the result and manipulate INEC to announce the result to desist forthwith.

A chieftain of the APC in Isiala Mbano, Chief Chikwem Onuoha viewed the would-be outcome differently as he was optimistic that his party would carry the day.