Report making the rounds that Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha gave the Returning Officer for the Imo West senatorial election, Prof Innocent Ibeawuchi, a slap, has elicited response from the alleged victim.
Okorocha who ran for the said election on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, and was declared winner by Prof Ibeawuchi, albeit under duress was accused of slapping the Returning Officer.
Ibeawuchi while addressing newsmen shed light on what transpired between him and the governor.
He said, “I was compelled to announce the result which was inconclusive. I am a man of integrity and it is not true that the governor slapped me but I was held hostage by agents working for him. I was manhandled and I thank God I came back alive.”
Reacting to the don’s allegation, the governor questioned his mental health while hurling vitriolic attacks on him.
His word, “They should examine the returning officer to know his mental state. If he doesn’t have a mental illness, then he must be a criminal to ever think of that. How could someone ask you to change the result of an election he has already won?”