Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has blasted the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for calling for a supplementary election, and declaring last Saturday’s election in the state inconclusive.
The INEC Returning Officer of the State, Ibidapo Obe, had earlier announced that the election was inconclusive because the margin (79,529) between the frontrunner, Mr. Okorocha and his contender, Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP, was less than the number of registered voters (144,715) in wards across Imo state where elections did not hold or were cancelled due to violence.
Governor Okorocha, who was the APC candidate in the election said:
“The electoral act has talked about registered voters and in the workings of that act and in the spirit of the law, you cannot not make use of number of registered voters, you have to make use of number of PVC collected.
“When you look at the number of PVC collected you find out that there is no need for this supplementary election because the number of PVC collected will be less than the 79,000 votes difference between me and the PDP candidate. But now they are basing on the number of registered voters. Number of registered voters do not cast the vote; it is the number of PVC collected that does,” You can only change the date of a burial but you cannot change the burial. From the results available, the fact speaks for itself, we have won this election despite all the irregularities, I am the winner,” he said while addressing journalists on Monday.