It has come to the knowledge of the Governor of the State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and the Rescue Mission Government in the State that the governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the April governorship election, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has finally lived upto his earlier threat to challenge the resounding Victory of Governor Okorocha in that election at the tribunal.
In the reports to that effect, Hon. Ihedioha had claimed that he decided to challenge Governor Okorocha’s Victory at the tribunal because the election that produced him was marred by “Violence, intimidation, wide spread malpractices and partisanship on the part of INEC”.
In our candid reaction, we want to sincerely state that Hon. Ihedioha has only done what others who also lost election have done. He is appropriating his legal right as a Candidate who lost election. And it is also interesting to note that since 2003 when he ran his first election to the House of Representatives, this is the first time he is being a Plaintiff or Claimant in Court over election result. From 2003 to April 2015 when the guber poll was held, he has been the respondent. Others have been going to the tribunal or Court against him, but today, the reverse is the case, which marks, a turning point in his Political Career. And it is a very healthy development.
In fact, some of the Petitions against all his election victories are still pending in Court including those of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, and Barr. Austin Ogugua.
Although, Hon. Ihedioha’s journey to the tribunal against Governor Okorocha will end up being an exercise in futility, it will help to let the world know who imported violence, and intimidation into the 2015 guber election in the State when the exhibits will be tendered and who benefitted from his claimed partisanship of the State INEC and who actually was the brain behind the invidious malpractice in some Local Governments like Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise and Ezinihitte Mbaise.
As a matter of fact, Governor Okorocha will come up with his Counter-Claims and would challenge Ihedioha and INEC to tell the world how a governorship Candidate in a State with 27 Local Governments would have half of all the Votes he got in the election from only three Local Governments mentioned earlier, where he comes from.
We also have our firm belief that Hon. Ihedioha didn’t go to the tribunal on the ground that Governor Okorocha did not win his election resoundly and convincingly too considering the spread he had and his enviable popularity among the Imo Populace or that Governor Okorocha would not have even beaten him in his ward Mbutu or in Mbaise where he comes from if ballot boxes were not snatched and figures falsified, but Hon. Ihedioha wants to use the tribunal matter to keep the hope of the remainant members of the PDP in the State alive and to prevent them from defecting to APC as it is the case at the moment. Hon. Ihedioha’s trip to the tribunal would be the only consolation for the Imo PDP now. That is his real reason for heading to the tribunal and not to contest Okorocha’s Victory because he knows that if the governorship election is conducted twenty times in Imo, Governor Okorocha will still win.
We sympathize with him and would advice him not to overstretch himself over the fate of the Imo PDP at the moment and in the nearest future because the truth of the matter is that the Party has become history in the State and there is nothing anybody can do about that.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media
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