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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that thugs have invaded its office at Obingwa Local Government Area, Abia State.

Obingwa is the home LGA of the out-going governor of Abia, Okezie Ikpeazu, who is seeking to install his candidate, the PDP candidate, Mr. Okechukwu Ahiwe, as governor.

The thugs said to be members of the PDP, stormed the Obingwa LGA headquarters as collation of results was still ongoing.

A party agent who was at the LGA said Governor Ikpeazu was sighted at the INEC collation centre earlier in the day, shortly before the invasion.

Opposition party members, especially from the Labour Party (LP), which is said to have swept most of the wards, are apprehensive and have called on INEC to ensure that the integrity of the results coming from the LGA is preserved.

In a tweet on its Twitter handle Sundayafternoon, INEC wrote: “Thugs have invaded our Obingwa Local Government Area office in Abia State.
Security agencies have been alerted. The Commission is monitoring the situation and will issue a statement shortly.”

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