Peter Obi, vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, has berated Adams Oshimhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), over his comment, following the Supreme Court ruling on Imo governorship tussle last week.
The apex court sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP, in favour of Hope Uzodinma, who finished fourth in the March 9 governorship election as the winner of the poll.
The PDP rejected the judgment of the court, and organised peaceful protests against the ruling in some states across the country.
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Addressing journalists last weekend over the development, Oshiomhole said the PDP thinks it is their exclusive right to benefit from electoral fraud.
He also described the main opposition party as being reckless.
He said: “PDP is not only reckless, they believe it is their birthright to benefit from electoral fraud. Courts are bound to interpret laws according to the constitution. No court has the power to bend the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.
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“As far as we know, Imo has 27 local government, and Emeka Ihedioha scored two-thirds of the votes in 12 LGs. Two-third of 27 is eighteen. So you have a huge deficit of six LGAs which Ihedioha or anybody else must necessarily have to be declared a winner of a governorship election,” the APC chairman explained as he condemned the state’s Returning Officer, Francis Otunta, for “unlawfully declaring Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State.”
However, reacting to Oshiomhole’s statement, Obi, who was a member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), for most of his eight-year tenure, stated that Oshiomhole, the immediate past governor of Edo State, would not have governed the state, if the PDP, which controlled the federal government at the time, had interfered in the manner the APC did as regards the case in Imo.
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“I am speaking here, not just as leader of PDP but one of the beneficiaries being in government for 16 years for doing what is right.
“I was in a minority party. I won the election and PDP did not intervene. I went to court, PDP did not intervene. I benefited from it. Adams Oshiomhole wouldn’t have been governor, he wouldn’t have been benefited from the judiciary if PDP did what APC is doing today,” he stated.