“Let’s be clear: It is not the business of the presidency to pronounce any election inconclusive or marred by violence. That is the business of INEC. The presidency is wrong in trying to pre-empt INEC, simply because the PDP candidate lost the election to the Okorocha faction of APGA.
The statement added that it was only desperation that could force a sitting governor to run from pillar to post, ridiculing himself and his office with “cooked election results”.
“The governor’s attempt to browbeat the alertness of the people of Oguta and force INEC to shirk its responsibilities failed woefully. Understandably, INEC had in a statement today expressed huge ‘disappointment at the culture of thuggery, intolerance and unruly conduct’ of APGA at the elections.
The PDP also said the successive Oguta rerun election in which it had continued to show electoral superiority despite intimidation and various acts of violence by the APGA-led Imo State government was a clear indication of the acceptance of the party in Imo state and Nigeria in general.
The ruling party advised the Imo Governor and the opposition to take a cue from Mr Jonathan, whose principled stand on bequeathing a legacy of credible elections must be supported by all, adding that democracy could only gain firm footing in the country with the cooperation of leaders at all levels.
When it spoke, INEC position was not different from that of the President and his party. It explained on Wednesday that it cancelled the poll because it was inconclusive in eight polling units.