IMO:Oshiomole Faulted INEC for declaring Ihedioha

The National president of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted the Independent National Election Commission(INEC) for earlier  declaration of the People Democratic Party candidate, Emeka Ihedioha as governor-elect of the last March election in Imo state

Oshiomhole made this statement on Friday after the declaration of the All Progressives Congress candidate, senator Hope Uzodinma by the Supreme Court.

Oshiomhole called the action of the election Commission as fraudulent and reckless. He made this remark at a press conference in Abuja. He equally called for the arrest and prosecution of INEC Returning Officer in the election Professor Francis Ogbonaya Otunta.

Otunta declared the result of the election as Ihedioha polled 275,404 votes to defeat his closest rival Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance, AA, who polled 190,364 votes, while Senator Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress APC the polled 96,458 votes.

Oshiomhole, said INEC shouldn't have declared the PDP candidate winner of the election as he claimed he main opposition party did not score two-thirds of the votes on the 27 local government as stipulated by the Imo State 1999 constitution

Oshiomhole said "Truth be told, by the time the Imo gubernatorial election was conducted and Emeka Ihedioha was declared the winner, you do not have to be a law student to know that it is a constitutional provision, the Nigerian constitution states clearly and courts and bound to interpret laws according to the constitution".

"No court has the power to bend the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended. It is clearly stated that to with the governorship seat of a state, the candidate must not only score the highest vote in the election, the candidate must necessarily have two-thirds of the local government areas to qualify to be declared the winner of the governorship election in each of the 3y states of the Federation".

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