The declaration of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the March 9 governorship election in Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, may have run into troubled waters, as twenty political parties in the state have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to issue him with certificate of return.
According to the parties, his declaration does not conform with constitutional provisions.
Speaking on behalf of others at a press conference in Owerri, the state capital, on Wednesday, the governorship candidate of Masses Movement of Nigeria, MMN, Jerry Iheanacho, said they have individually decided to challenge the outcome of the election at the election Petitions Tribunal.
According to him, the declaration of Ihedioha as the winner of the election was “a rape of our Constitution”.
Iheanacho said: “It is not about Ihedioha but it is about what the Constitution says. From the results as announced by INEC, the PDP candidate didn’t meet the constitutional requirement to have been declared the governor elect.
“He did not get the needed spread and we have decided to pursue this injustice up to the Supreme Court.
“He did not get the required 25 percent of two-third of the LGAs.”
Also speaking at the press conference, the candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, Chinedu Ukadike, said the declaration of Ihedioha as the governor-elect was in contrast with the electoral guidelines presented to them by INEC.
Alleged that the declaration of a governor elect was done to undermine the constitution, Ukadike vowed to challenge it at the election petition tribunal.
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