By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”GOVERNORSHIP candidate of Action Congress, AC, in the February 6 election in Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige, said yesterday in Awka, that he would challenge in court, the declaration of Mr. Peter Obi of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, as the winner of the election, because according to him, the APGA candidate did not score 25 per cent in twoâ€“third of the 21 local government areas of the state.
Addressing newsmen at his campaign office, Ngige said that from the collated results, there was no clear winner in the election, adding that Obi met the constitutional requirement in only 13 local government areas,Â which he said, was less than the twoâ€“third of the 21 local government areas of the state.
Demands run off
According to him, since there was no clear winner, there should be a run off between Obi and him who came second in the election.
â€œThe announced winner did not meet the constitutional requirement of winning in not less than one quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-third of all the local government areas in the state. In other words, the announced winner must meet this requirement in 14 local government areas in Anambra State. Indeed, the announced winner met the requirement in only 13 local government areas.
â€œHaving secured the next highest number of votes and fulfilling Section 179 (3) (a) (b), I should be going for a second election as stipulated in the 1999 constitution,â€ Ngige said.
He stated that because of what he described as the travesty meted on him and the electorate, he had decided to take the matter court to for the invocation of the relevant provisions of the constitution dealing with second elections (run off) because the February 6 poll was inconclusive.
Ngige noted that the flaws in the election were noticed early enough, adding that the AC collator at INEC, Mr. Kingsley Ezenwenyi, vehemently protested the results when it became clear that no clear winner emerged.
He said that although the issue was brought to the attention of the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, who was the returning officer, the protest was ignored and he went ahead to announce the winner, explaining that having received the official results from INEC and having carefully analyzed them, his party came to the painful conclusion that Governor Obi did not meet the constitutional requirement to be declared winner of the election.
He accused INEC of subverting the Anambra governorship electoral process by announcing a non winner, adding that by that action, the electoral umpire truncated a second run off in accordance with the countryâ€™s constitution.
Just before Ngige addressed newsmen, a group of people marched to the state headquarters of the INEC protesting that they did not vote during the election.