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Imo: Without Hanky-Panky; Unpopular Ohakim on Verge of Humiliating Gov Loss

As events in Imo State increasingly indicate that Governor Ikedi Ohakim may lose his treasured throne tonight as the gubernatorial election in Imo State concludes, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has assured SaharaReporters that contrary to one of our earlier reports, he is in Abuja, not the United States. 

He also indicated that the election in Oguta remained cancelled.  We do not know the implications of this decision upon the election.

The “Supplementary Elections” the Commission called by INEC today towards completing the state’s “inconclusive” election of April 26 was beset by a logistics nightmare similar to the legislative elections of April 4 which had to be postponed.

Today, especially in Oguta local government area, election materials inexplicably failed to arrive in time.   Voters in the area, particularly the women, fearing that the delay was a sign the election might be pre-determined outside the ballot box, poured into the streets in protest, shutting down the INEC offices. 

The situation was so bad that at about 3 p.m. the exercise had yet to begin and no official explanation was being given to the public.  SaharaReporters was informed that the INEC chairman ordered the troubled elections in the area to go ahead, with more voting time granted to the voters.

All that seems to have changed quickly, with the election in Oguta now definitely cancelled. 
SaharaReporters has stayed with this story, covering the shenanigans aimed at trying to ensure that the People’s Democratic Party did not lose Imo State. 

As events in Imo State increasingly indicate that Governor Ikedi Ohakim may lose his treasured throne tonight as the gubernatorial election in Imo State concludes, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has assured SaharaReporters that contrary to one of our earlier reports, he is in Abuja, not the United States. 

He also indicated that the election in Oguta remained cancelled.  We do not know the implications of this decision upon the election.

The “Supplementary Elections” the Commission called by INEC today towards completing the state’s “inconclusive” election of April 26 was beset by a logistics nightmare similar to the legislative elections of April 4 which had to be postponed. 

Today, especially in Oguta local government area, election materials inexplicably failed to arrive in time.   Voters in the area, particularly the women, fearing that the delay was a sign the election might be pre-determined outside the ballot box, poured into the streets in protest, shutting down the INEC offices. 

The situation was so bad that at about 3 p.m. the exercise had yet to begin and no official explanation was being given to the public.  SaharaReporters was informed that the INEC chairman ordered the troubled elections in the area to go ahead, with more voting time granted to the voters.

All that seems to have changed quickly, with the election in Oguta now definitely cancelled. 

SaharaReporters has stayed with this story, covering the shenanigans aimed at trying to ensure that the People’s Democratic Party did not lose Imo State.

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