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APC, PDP youths stage protests in Owerri, want INEC to declare their candidates as winner


The protesters

The protesters

SCORES of youths yesterday disrupted economic, political and social activities in Owerri, the capital city of Imo State, demanding the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to release the governorship polls held last Saturday in the state, in favour of the incumbent and the All-Progressives Congress (APC), standard bearer, Chief Rochas Okorocha, winner.
The protesters had blocked the popular Okigwe Road Roundabout, near Government House, Owerri, causing all vehicles to be at a standstill. They chanted songs depicting their grievance; carrying placards showing inscriptions: “INEC release the results. Okorocha won the election”.
The songs were in Igbo: “Iwe na ewe anyi.” In English: “We are annoyed.” They caused traffic gridlock along the roads.
Okorocha later addressed them in front of Government House, urging them to remain calm. He noted that he knew that he won the elections, stressing that many of the notable bigwigs such as Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Dr. Kema Chikwe, Senator Hope Uzodinma, lost in their homes.
On Monday, another set of youths under the aegis, coalition of Imo Youths, had protested along Okigwe Road, to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), office along Okigwe Road, protesting that their principal, Chief Emeka Ihedioha be declared the winner.
They argued that Imo people had chosen the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives as their governor, urging INEC to declare him winner and cancel the decision declaring Imo governorship polls inconclusive.

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