Political groups clash over Ihedioha’s victory

The Concerned Leaders of Political Parties on Monday clashed with two other political groups — the Grand Coalition of Political Parties and Forum of Governorship candidates — over the victory of the Imo State Governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha.

The CLPP, during a press conference in Abuja, faulted the declaration of Ihedioha, who was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party during the March 2019 governorship election, as the winner of the election, by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The spokesman of the group, Mr Agbo Major, said it was wrong for the Imo State Election Petition Tribunal and the Court of Appeal to have also upheld Ihedioha’s victory.

Major, who is also the National Chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, alleged that Ihedioha was not a product of genuine election.

He said, “More worrisome are the constitutional issues arising from the Imo State governorship election being tossed around by the judiciary.

“For instance, the well-known thrust of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Senator Ifeanyi Araraume’s election petition against the last governorship election in Imo State, is the clear breach of the constitution by INEC, through the declaration and return of Ihedioha, as governor of Imo State, despite his failure to meet the constitutional minimum requirements of scoring 25 per cent of the votes cast in at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the state, in the last general election.

“Imo State has 27 LGAs and two-thirds of 27 is 18. Ihedioha only scored 25 per cent of the votes cast in 11 LGAs out of 27. The requirement of Section 179(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, in respect of spread, does not require any legal gymnastic for interpretation.”

Abeeb Olalekan

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