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Suspense, bloodletting trail inconclusive polls



Irregularities trailing the governorship election in Abia, Taraba and Imo states forced INEC to declare the exercise inconclusive in the affected states.

The announcement has however led to bloodletting in Taraba State, with tension rising in the other two, as supporters of the major parties, APC and PDP, have left a trail of destruction in their protests.

 In Taraba INEC said a rerun would be held in some areas of the state in 30 days. But reports indicate that no fewer than three people have been killed in Jalingo, capital of Taraba State after INEC made the announcement.

The house of the Secretary to the State Government is said to have been razed while the violence continues unchecked.

In Abia, the Returning Officer, Prof Benjamin Ozumba, who declared the state governorship election inconclusive while speaking in Umuahia, the state capital, said this was because the total number of registered voters in areas, where elections did not hold, or where elections were cancelled, was higher than the margin of difference between the two leading candidates of the PDP and APGA.

However, the APC in Imo State blamed the inconclusive election in  the state on the State Independent National Electoral Commission.

The Director of the Rochas Okorocha Campaign Organisation, Mr. Iheukwumere Alaribe,  made this known while speaking with journalists in Owerri, the state capital, on Monday.

Alaribe accused INEC of colluding with the opposition PDP to declare the election inconclusive, in spite of overwhelming evidence that the APC won in Imo.

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