The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole says Imo State Resident Electoral Commissioner Prof. Francis Ezeonu declared the governorship Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Emeka Ihedioha as elected governor of Imo State in error during the March 9 2019 governorship election.
He stated however that the recent Supreme court verdict which that returned Mr Hope Uzodinma, Candidate of the All Progressives Congress as the validly elected governor of the State, adding that such infraction and other matters of concern in Nigeria’s electoral system informed President Muhammadu Buhari resolve to push for the reform of independent National Electoral Commission before the later leaves office in 2023.
Oshiomole stated this at a unification rally held on Saturday in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government of Edo State to receive defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Edo North Senatorial District.
According to him President Buhari has said that he will take some steps to correct the lapses that has been observed in the electoral process before before he leave office so that the next election will be free and fair and no need to go to Court.
“What that means is that any body who want to rig election is not in Buhari’s country and APC Buhari said he will not rig election for any body and want electoral process where votes counts in the Country,”
“APC will push the president and the National Assembly to insert in the electoral law that any INEC official who deliberately declared a loser as the winner of election should be charge to Court when the Court established that a fraud has been committed.
“Everybody knows that you need one quarter of the votes in at least two third local governments in a state to be declared a winner or governor, but INEC recruit a professor of crook who declared Emeka Ihedeoha of the PDP who scored one third in 12 Local Governments out of 27, so if the Professor go free with his loot another person will try it again,” he said.
He said “that was the mischief that the Supreme Court corrected that they are hireing people to come and make noise. We don’t steal votes, we win votes. So I congratulate the Supreme Court for upholding the constitution of the Country,”
He said the rally has reinforced his confidence in wining the forthcoming Edo state governorship election for the APC, adding that with the decampees, no one is left in PDP in Edo North.
“Some people asked me why I am playing local politics as a national chairman and I told them that every politics is local. I don’t want to be an Abuja political who cannot win his poling unit, Local Government and state in election,”
“I don’t want to be an Abuja politician because I am a national chairman and on the day of election, I can’t win my unit. I don’t want to be a chairman who campaign and win election in other states and on election day I can’t win my unit, ward, house of assembly member and national assembly member. If I don’t win my place, how will I deliver the president and how will I be a useful national chairman,” he said
Earlier, the leader of the decampees, Engr. Abubakar Momoh, said they were joining the APC to work with the Oshiomole and governor Godwin Obaseki to succeed in the development of the state.
“A minimum of 30,000 members are leaving the PDP to the APC today. There is nobody left in the PDP in Edo North because aside those who left the APC and are coming back, those who had not leave the PDP since 1999 are also joining us,” he said.
Other dignitaries at the unification rally were, former deputy governor, Pius Odubu, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Chris Ogiewonmyi, Lucky Imasuen, Deputy Majority leader House of Representive, Hon Peter Akpatanson, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, Hon. Julius Ihonvbere, among others.