- APC national chairman Oshiomhole blamed INEC for making an error by initially declaring Ihedioha Imo state governor
- The former Edo governor said Ihedioha did not get the two-thirds votes required by law to win
- The PDP disagrees with Oshiomhole and expressed worries that the APC chairman is boasting publicly about a daylight robbery
Ousted former governor of Imo, Emeka Ihedioha, should never have been declared the winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the southeast state.
This is the submission of the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
Channels TV reports that Oshiomhole made this statement when he addressed the media shortly after officially presenting the new governor of Imo, Hope Uzodinma to President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock on Friday, January 31.
Oshiomhole said INEC was wrong to declare Ihedioha winner when he did not meet constitutional requirements.
Oshiomhole said: “Ask INEC to give you the result of Imo, even excluding that of Governor Hope Uzodinma. You will find that Emeka ought not to have been declared. For me, it is shocking that nobody is interrogating INEC.
“And that is how they get away with this blue murder. This is to say nothing of the fact that INEC has not explained why did you not collate votes that were certified by the presiding officers, signed by the appointing officers appointed by INEC in each of the 388 polling units.”
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) disagrees with Oshiomhole's submission.
In a statement released on Saturday, February 1, PDP accused the APC and its national chairman Adams Oshiomhole of trying to distort the facts as well as lobby the judiciary to block the review.
The party said if found it worrisome that the national chairman of a political party would boast publicly of a daylight political robbery.
The PDP claimed that the APC is working hard to prevent the Supreme Court from reviewing its judgement in the Imo state election dispute between the two parties' candidates.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that the PDP leadership and other stakeholders went on a peaceful protest to the embassy of the United States of America and the Consulate of the United Kingdom in Abuja on Friday, January 31.
The party is protesting the federal government’s alleged disregard for the rule of law. The party's national chairman, Uche Secondus, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is the Senate minority leader, and others were part of the protest.
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