Following the outcome of the Imo State governorship election, the Action Alliance (AA) has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Returning Officer of the governorship election, Prof. Francis Otunta.
Otunta who is also the Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha as the governor-elect
The Director General of AA candidates governorship campaign organization, Chidi Ibe, who addressed a press conference in Owerri, alleged that the Returning Officer “collected three million dollars to do a hatchet job in Imo state”.
According to Ibe, despite the glaring fact that the PDPs candidate, Emeka Ihedioha did not meet the constitutional requirements, the Returning Officer went ahead to declare him the governor-elect because of the money he collected.
He added that, the governor elect did not make the constitutional required two-third in at least 18 out of the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.
He said that the declaration of Ihedioha as the winner of the election was “a mockery of our democracy.”
Ibe called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Independent Corrupt and other Practices Commission to quickly investigate the Retuning Officer.”
He said “I call on EFCC and other anti-graft agencies to investigate this retuning officer who came to Imo state to undermine the law. There is a rumour making the rounds that he collected three million dollars to declare the PDP candidate the winner.
“The PDP candidate only made two -third in twelve Local Government Areas while our candidate, Uche Nwosu made two-third in 21 LGAs. The law is very clear on this. There ought to be a rerun between the two leading candidates”.
Author: Okodili Ndidi, Owerri