Forty-seven governorship candidates in Imo State, yesterday disclosed their resolution to head to the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the just-concluded gubernatorial election in the state.
The candidates and their party chairmen in Owerri, through their spokesperson, the national deputy chairman of Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, Ukadike Chinedu said they were peeved by the report credited to some guber candidates in the state which said the election was free, fair and credible. Vanguard had reported that 10 governorship
candidates under the name, Forum of 2019 Governorship Candidates of Political Parties in Imo State, met and commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for conducting the most transparent election which produced Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as governor-elect. That declaration has now been punctured
by another set of governorship candidates. According to the opposing camp, “Ihedioha did not meet the constitutional requirements to be declared winner of the said election.” He said: “What is happening in Imo State is unacceptable and we have decided to address it once and for all. How can someone who did not meet the constitutional
requirement of winning an election be declared winner of the election? “We are 47 governorship candidates and our party chairmen are here. We have agreed to go to court. We are going to court individually because it is not a consolidated suit. What we want to achieve is to disabuse the minds of our people in Imo State and Nigeria at large
that something is wrong about the governorship election in Imo State. A lot of things have gone wrong and now is the time to correct those things. “We don’t want this to become a precedence in Imo State. We are ready to go to the tribunal to tell the whole world that the election did not follow due process.” Also speaking, the governorship
candidate of the Masses Movement of Nigeria, MMN, Chidozie Iheanacho, was of the view that, “What happened on March 9 was a rape of the constitution.” “Section 199 of the constitution is very clear, on who should be the governor and what should qualify one to be a governor in an election like this, imagine, we have 27 local government areas,
and I want you to ask, did Ihedioha, score two third of the results. We can’t allow this to happen in Imo State.” “We are worried that somebody can be governor with just one or two local government areas. Like in Owerri zone, there was no use of card reader and results were produced, how come.”