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Usani denies working with Ayade for PDP’s victory
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has been declared the senator-elect for Imo West senatorial district.

Amid protests by other candidates, the collation officer of the district, Prof. Innocent Ibeawuchi, claimed that he was under “duress” and declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate the winner over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidate, Jones Onyereri.

Okorocha got 97,762 votes to beat Onyereri of PDP who polled 63,117 followed by Sen. Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) with 30,923 votes.

Izunaso, who protested as he briefed journalists at his Owerri residence, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the polls and order a fresh exercise, claiming that he polled the highest number.

In another development, the PDP candidate in Isu/Nkwerre/Njaba/Nwangele Federal Constituency, Kingsley Echendu, has protested the result declaring the APC candidate in the area, Ugonna Ozurigbo, as the winner.

Echendu, in a petition to the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, urged that the result in the area be cancelled as it did not reflect the wishes of the people of the area.

The leadership of the INEC, in the state said the protests would be looked into according to the law.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Uguru Usani, has denied the allegation by his party that he was working with the Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, against the APC in the state.

Cross River APC broke into two factions, as Usani and Senator John Enoh disagreed on the authentic governorship candidate of the party.

At the last count, the Appeal Court ruled that “the status quo” be maintained.

Usani told journalists in Calabar: “Such allegation is laughable and is done by mischief-makers who themselves are actually benefitting much from Ayade. Everyone is aware that I have contested governorship in this state twice and I have long prepared for this when I had no stake at all.

“Several overtures were made to me by the governments in power then, yet I was steadfast with APC to justify my conscience. If I did not work for PDP when I had nothing, is it now that I am a huge beneficiary of the federal government?”


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