Hope Uzodinma, the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate for Imo State governorship election, has called on the Imo Election Petition Tribunal to declare him the rightful winner of the governorship election held in the state.
Uzodinma, who made the call while addressing newsmen in Abuja, also called on the tribunal to nullify the declaration of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announcing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, as winner of the election.
He also revealed a petition filed before the tribunal where he argued that he polled majority of the lawful votes cast in the election and satisfied the mandatory constitutional threshold and spread across the state and “ought to be returned.”
The petition by Uzodinma also noted that “it was in the course of collation of the results at the ward, local government and state levels, that the 3rd respondent (INEC) incorrectly stated the votes of the 1st Respondent (Ihedioha) and thus reduced the votes of the petitioners by excluding the results from the polling units where the petitioners scored overwhelming majority of the votes cast.
The petitioner further averred that “in order to give an unfair advantage to the 1st and 2nd Respondents, the INEC unlawfully credited the 1st and 2nd Respondents with votes arising from over voting in all the polling units in Aboh Mbaise, Ezinihitte, and Ahiazu Mbaise LGAs.”
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