JUST IN: Heavy Military Presence In Abia Ahead Of INEC’s Declaration Of Governorship Election Result

There is a heavy presence of personnel of the Nigerian Army in the Abia State capital, Umuahia ahead of the declaration of the state’s gubernatorial results.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is expected to declare the state result on Wednesday, after the forensic audit of the disputed Obingwa Local Government Area result by the specialist INEC team in Abuja.

The state had conducted its gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections on March 18th but the election was declared inconclusive by the electoral umpire after a conflicting result came in from Obingwa where 26,845 voters were accredited.

But the results which was described as controversial by observers presented over 100,000 votes in favour of the PDP candidate Okechukwu Ahaiwe.

Alex Otti of the Labour Party had led the results called by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Nnenna Oti, with 172,246 votes while PDP had 78,628 votes.

But the votes from Obingwa in favour of the PDP was an upset for the LP.

Obingwa LGA collation centre was invaded by thugs after the Abia State governor stormed the centre, a move allegedly aimed at influencing the officials of INEC.

However the collation for Obingwa was moved to Umuahia.

THE WHISTLER was informed that the outcome of the forensic audit by the INEC favoured the LP.

According to sources, Alex Otti will be declared the governor elect by the INEC.

But ahead of the declaration, there is military presence in strategic locations of the state capital.

About 10 military personnel were spotted by our reporter at Ubakala Junction, Old Umuhia

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