Labour Party Agent Objects at Imo State Collation Centre
In a shocking turn of events, Calistus Ihejiagwa, the Labour Party (LP) agent in Imo State, faced physical assault and expulsion from the Imo State Collation Centre in Owerri on Sunday morning.
Dispute over Results: Ihejiagwa’s Objections and Claims
Ihejiagwa’s objections centered around alleged discrepancies between the results presented at the state collation centre and the data available on the Result Viewing Portal (IREV).
He insisted that the results did not align, raising concerns about the integrity of the collation process.
Petition Submission Denied: Clash with the Returning Officer
Despite expressing his intention to submit a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ihejiagwa was rebuffed by the Returning Officer, Prof Abayomi Fashina.
Fashina asserted that the collation centre was not the appropriate venue for receiving petitions, escalating the tension.
Physical Confrontation Unfolds: Labour Party Agent Attacked by Fellow Party Agents
As frustration and disagreement mounted, a video shared by Channels TV captured the escalation of the situation.
Other party agents, evidently displeased with Ihejiagwa’s persistent objections, resorted to physically assaulting him. The chaotic scene unfolded before he was forcibly removed from the collation centre.
Governorship Candidate’s Response: Allegations of Thuggery and Calls for Vote Cancellation
Meanwhile, Athan Achonu, the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Imo State, spoke out against the violence.
He alleged that thugs targeted his party’s agent during the election, emphasizing the need for the cancellation of votes in polling units affected by violence.
Athon Achonu’s Plea to INEC: Cancelling Votes in Marred Polling Units
Addressing the media in Umunumo hamlet in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, Achonu urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take decisive action.
When asked about the potential cancellation of votes in units affected by violence, Achonu unequivocally stated that it must be done where incidents occurred.
The unfolding events highlight the challenges and tensions surrounding the electoral process in Imo State, raising questions about the transparency and fairness of the collation process.