About twenty political parties have petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withhold issuing the certificate of return to the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate and the winner of the Imo state governorship elections, citing that there was constitutional foul play in his victory.
Speaking at a press conference organized by a coalition of the political parties in Imo state capital city, Owerri yesterday, the governorship candidate of the Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN) political party, Jerry Iheanacho who spoke for the others disclosed that the coalition has decided to challenge the outcome of the election and Ihedioha’s victory before an electoral tribunal.
Mr. Iheanacho stated that INEC”s declaration of Ihedioha as winner was a misdeed to the constitution which he tagged as “a rape of our Constitution”.
He said that Rt. Hon. Ihedioha did not get the needed spread required by the constitution to win the polls, and therefore should not have been declared winner by INEC.
“It is not about Ihedioha, but what the Constitution says. From the results announced by INEC, the PDP candidate didn’t meet the constitutional requirement to have been declared governor-elect. He did not get the needed spread, and we have decided to pursue this injustice up to the Supreme Court. Ihedioha did not get the required 25 percent of two-thirds of the local government areas.” Mr. Iheanacho said.
Another speaker, Mr. Chinedu Ukadike who is the candidate of the People’s Party of Nigeria said that Ihedioha’s declaration as victor contrasts the constitutional and electoral guidelines presented to them by INEC before the elections.
Mr. Ukadike went ahead to avow that he will petition INEC and Ihedioha before the electoral tribunal, stating that both parties undermined the constitution.