The governorship candidate of the Action alliance, AA and the son-in-law of incumbent governor Rochas Okorocha, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu has rejected the Imo governorship election results.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC declared Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP as the winner of the gubernatorial election in Imo state on Monday night after polling the highest number of votes.
Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, who was a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, polled a total of 273,404 votes across the 27 Local Government Areas in the state to win Ugwumba Uche Nwosu who polled 190,364 votes to be the runner up.
Former Senator Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and Senator Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress, APC polled 114,676 and 96,458 votes to come third and fourth respectively.
According to the returning officer for the state, and vice-chancellor of the federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Prof. Francis Atunta, the total number of registered voters for the state was 2,221,008. The total number of accredited voters was put at 823,743, total number of votes cast was put at 739,485, total number of valid votes was put at 714,355 and the total number of cancelled votes was 25,130 votes.
However, Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance party, AA has rejected the results and outcome of the election. He cited that according to the constitution, a candidate must meet the mandatory 25 per cent spread in the votes, at least, in two third of the total number of local governments in the state before he can be declared winner.
“The constitution is clear that for a candidate to be declared a winner, he must have the mandatory 25 per cent spread in at least two thirds of the number of local government areas in the state,” Nwosu quoted while talking to the press after the guber result collation.
“In this instance, the candidate of PDP did not meet the requirement as he scored the mandatory spread in only 12 L.G.As, where as it should be 18”.
The Action Alliance candidate, Nwosu further alleged that there was widespread irregularity in the three local governments of Mbaise; Aboh, Ahiazu and Ezinihitte Mbaise.
He stated that the results are unacceptable and called on INEC to cancel the results and arrange for a fresh election within seven days.
“This result is totally unacceptable and I’m calling on INEC to declare the election inconclusive and arrange for a fresh election within seven days as stipulated in the constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria.” Nwosu said.
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