Some youths from Imo state under the aegis of Imo Youth Council (IYC) have petitioned the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad Tanko over the impending constitutional battle in the state resulting from the outcome of the state’s governorship election which saw the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha emerge as the winner of the polls.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha who ran the Guber race under the PDP banner as the winner of the Imo state governorship elections held on March 9th, 2019.
Following the declaration, there have been various litigations and petitions from opposition parties, especially the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the former deputy speaker’s victory which is seemingly taking the state into a full-blown constitutional crisis.
Reacting to the development, the Imo Youth Council (IYC) group through its President and Speaker, Comrade Ikechukwu Obiora and Hon. Samuel Godstime Chukwubuikem has petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigerian to look into the situation in the state.
The group called on the CJN to prevail on INEC to observe and respect the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution as it applies to the emergence of a winner in a governorship election.
They cited that INEC’s declaration of PDP’s Rt. Hon. Ihedioha as the winner is a clear violation of the Constitution and should be reversed before it leads the state into a constitutional crisis.
The group stated that INEC should not operate outside the provisions of the constitution, citing that no individual or institution is above the law.
The group’s statement reads;
“We the youths of Imo state and other well-meaning Imolites have observed with grave concern, the flagrant disregard of the Nigerian Constitution by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the governorship election of Imo State.
“INEC returned the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha as governor-elect in a reckless violation of Section 179 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which stipulate that a candidate for an election to the office of the Governor of a State shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, there being two or more candidates; he has the highest number of votes cast at the election, and he has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the Local Government Areas in the State.
“The statistics of the result of the governorship election showed that the PDP candidate did not score the percentage of vote required to be declared as governor-elect.
“We are therefore as Concerned Youths of Imo State soliciting your intervention to prevail on INEC to withdraw the purported declaration and order a fresh election to avoid impending Constitutional crisis”.
“We are therefore demanding that a date be fixed for a fresh election in the state and if a winner emerges in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, we shall gladly accept the verdict as the collective will of the people of the state, but we will employ all legitimate means to ensure that the illegality foisted on the people of the state by INEC does not stand”.