Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who emerged winner of the Imo State governorship election held on Saturday. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returning officer, Prof. Francis Otunta, announced the final results at the election collation centre in Owerri, the state capital on Tuesday.Ihedioha, a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, won in 11 of the 27 Local Government Area, polling a total 273,404 votes to defeat his closest contender, Uche Nwosu, of the Action Alliance (AA) who won in 10 LGAs and scored 190,364 votes.
However, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo state and son-in-law of the incumbent governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, Uche Nwosu, has vowed to take legal action against the result of the governorship election announced in the state.
Nwosu who has vowed to challenge the outcome of the Saturday, March 9 election in a court of competent jurisdiction, seems not to agree with the fact that his closest viral and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha won the governorship race in the state.
While speaking, Nwosu vowed to also take back his mandate, stressing that the law is clear on the requirements for declaring somebody as a winner in an election.
In his words, Nwosu said; “I will take my mandate back. The law is clear on the requirements for declaring somebody as a winner in an election. The law required that to be declared a winner, you have the mandatory spread of 25 per cent win in at least two-thirds majority.
He said further, in this case, two-thirds of the 27 local government areas of the state is 18 and Ihedioha has 25 per cent spread in only 12 local government areas whereas I have in 15. So it’s clear that INEC has compromised.
It is the federal constitution. It is not an Uche Nwosu constitution neither is it an Action Alliance Constitution. It is very clear in the constitution in article 179 that you cannot be declared winner unless you meet up the criteria.
He concluded, You (Ihedioha) have not met the criteria and you are being declared winner? Under whose authority? We believe in Nigerian judiciary that justice will take place but what I have to state is that the mandate of Action Alliance in Imo has been robbed.”