I won’t congratulate Ihedioha, his victory dance shall be short-lived – Uche Nwosu

By Editor on 12/03/2019

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Uche Nwosu, son-in-law to Rochas Okorocha, Imo State Governor, has a message for Governor-elect of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha – your victory dance will soon evaporate with the winds.

He gave the message, as he vowed never to congratulate the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who was announced winner of the governorship election that took place in the state on Saturday.

Nwosu, former Chief of Staff (CoS), to Okorocha, Governor of Imo State, is protesting the outcome of the election, saying that Ihedioha was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in contravention of the Nigerian constitution and the Electoral Act.

Conveying his position, in a statement through his spokesman, Onwuasoanya FCC Jones, Nwosu, who crossed over to the Action Alliance (AA), to contest the election after losing out in the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the current ruling party in the state and through which Okorocha initially pushed the project to make him his successor, cited several reasons why Ihedioha ought not be announced the winner.

Though he acknowledged that the conduct of the governorship election was “to some extent” free, fair and credible in most parts of Imo West Senatorial District, except Oru-east and Oguta, and Imo North Senatorial District, “there were clear incidences of electoral fraud, viz; vote manipulation, padding, non-usage of card reader for accreditation, ballot box snatching, violence, kidnapping of electoral officials and rabid intimidation of voters in the Imo East Senatorial District part of the state, which should render results from these areas as null and void,” he said, in the statement.

Nwosu saw it as “ridiculously curious” that in a state, where the general voter turnout was about 30 per cent in 23 council areas of the state, the turnout in Ezinihitte, Aboh and Ahiazu Mbaise was far higher than 75 per cent, with Aboh-mbaise recording an unprecedented turnout of more than 90 per cent, adding that the total figure of votes registered for the declared winner of the election in the three councils alone amounted to about, 133,000 votes out of over 273,000 total votes allocated to him.

The statement added: “While Smart Card Readers were used for accreditation in all parts of Imo West Senatorial District and Imo North Senatorial District, manual accreditation was allowed in all the LGAs in Imo East Senatorial District, where Chief Emeka Ihedioha hails from and considers his stronghold.

“More than 150,000 votes were cancelled in Imo West Senatorial District alone by the collation officers, acting under the instruction of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Imo State. These 150,000 votes were 98% in favour of the Action Alliance candidate, His Excellency Ugwumba Uche Nwosu.

“Our Party agents were harassed, intimidated and even assaulted by agents and thugs loyal to the People's Democratic Party when they made attempts to draw the attention of electoral officials to the mindless fraud been perpetrated by the PDP.

“We are disappointed that some officials for this election were clearly partial and boldly partisan during the process of collation of votes, with some top ranking officials overheard barking out instructions that everything about the AA must be demolished.

“We would be disappointing our numerous supporters and majority of Imolites who put their lives on the line to cast their votes for us, if we accept the outcome of this open robbery orchestrated by the People's Democratic Party with the full connivance of the Independent National Electoral Commission and some of its ad-hoc staff.

“Even with the declared illegal results, Emeka Ihedioha did not meet the requirements stipulated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended). The legal thing to have done was for INEC to arrange for a run-off election between the two leading candidates; Ugwumba Uche Nwosu and Chief Emeka Ihedioha. This clear Constitutional provision was ignored by the Returning Officer who went ahead to declare Emeka Ihedioha winner of the election against the principles of the law and good conscience.

“In a few days from now, we shall be inaugurating a legal team that shall ensure that our mandate is retrieved from the current illegitimate holders.”

He thanked the people of the state for their support and votes “which clearly gave us victory in that election, as we urge them to remain resolute, yet peaceful, as the current illegality will be nullified and their mandate to us, recovered.” 



Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on March, 12 2019

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