ByÂ Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOSâ€”The Action Congress, AC, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, to conduct a run-offÂ election between Mr Peter Obi of All Peoples Grand Alliance, APGA, and Dr Chris Ngige ofÂ AC, and immediately correct the anomaly of prematurely declaring Obi, winner of the February 6, election.
AC, has said that it had taken the matter to the Election Tribunal for the invocation of the relevant provisions of the constitution which deals with second election (run-off).
The National Secretary of the party, Dr. Usman Bugaje said that INEC contravened the provisions of the 1999 constitution by declaring Obi the winner.
He spoke at a world media briefing yesterday in Ikeja, Lagos, which had the National Publicity Secretary of AC, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, the gubernatorial candidate of AC in the 2007 election in Osun State, Alhaji Rafiu Aregbesola in attendance.
He said, â€œObi did not fulfill the provision of section 179(2) before he was declared winner while Ngige fulfilled the provision of section 179(3), as the candidate with the second highest number of votes, to qualify for a run-off with the APGA candidate.
â€œAnd, when people ask whether or not the Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan, should be taken seriously or not, I say that his actions will determine whether people take him seriously or not.
â€œThe Anambra poll which had been labeled a precursor to 2011 general polls, presents the opportunity for him to show whether he should be taken seriously, whether he is committed to electoral reforms or not, or whether he would allow Iwu to continue to occupy that post.â€
Ngige, who affirmed that the run off became expedient because the election was inconclusive argued that INEC subverted the Anambra governorship election by announcing a non winner, thereby truncating a second election (run off) in accordance with section 179 (3) (a ) (b) of the constitution.