47 political parties reject Ihedioha’s victory, head for tribunal

At least, 47 of the over 70 political parties that contested the 2019 governorship election in Imo State have announced intention to drag Emeka Ihedioha, to the election petitions tribunal.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Ihedioha of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the March 9 gubernatorial election in the state.

But, the opposition parties rejected the result, claiming that the general conduct of the election was marred by massive irregularities and did not comply substantially with the provision of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act (as amended).

Among the parties were the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Mass Movement of Nigeria (MMN), Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Save Nigeria Congress (SNC), Nigerian Peoples Congress (NPC) and Democratic Alternative.

Others were KOWA Party, National Democratic Party (NDP), Legacy Party of Nigeria (LPN) and Independent Democrats (ID).

The Spokesman of the parties and National Deputy Chairman of PPN, Chief Chinedu Ukadike, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Owerri on Wednesday.

Ukadike said Ihedioha was wrongly declared by the electoral body as he did not meet the constitutional requirements of 25 per cent spread in at least two-thirds of the 27 local government areas of Imo State as stipulated in the constitution.

Ukadike, added that “the suits filed are not consolidated, but individual parties and their gubernatorial candidates are suing to correct anomalies perpetrated by INEC.

“We call on INEC to suspend the issuance of certificate of return to Ihedioha, as he did not win the election as declared.”