The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has hurled brickbats at the Returning Officer of the March 9, 2019 Imo State governorship poll, Prof. Francis Otunta.
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Otunta, the Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, had declared the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Chief Emeka Ihedioha as winner, a decision the Supreme Court overruled last month and announced Senator Hope Uzodinma instead.
Speaking to State House Press Corps on the saga after presenting Gov. Uzodinma, to President Muhammadu Buhari, Oshiomhole hurled vitriol at Otunta describing him as being ‘senile’ and ‘lunatic’.
“Is here any of us in this room, who is not aware that at the time Emeka Ihedioha was declared, even the returning officer could not show that he scored the constitutional requirement of at least one quarter of the total votes cast, in at least two-thirds of the local government areas?
“On that criterion alone, there is no question that in the eyes of the law, Emeka Ihedioha ought not to have been declared because he had those numbers only in nine local government areas and of course you know the state has about 27 local government areas. So as journalists, is nine a two-third of 27?
“INEC completely and irresponsibly misbehaved by using a professor who seemed to be so senile that he didn’t know that nine is not two-thirds and. This is very serious and because they take advantage of the fact that once the INEC makes a pronouncement, even if the pronouncement is made by a lunatic in INEC, you can’t reverse it, you’ll have to go to court and this fits into PDP’s fixation; they’ll always say go to court,” he said.