Okorocha says Imo supplementary election unnecessary; claims victory

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor

The governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has faulted the independent Electoral Commission for declaring the state gubernatorial election inconclusive and announcing supplementary elections in some wards across the state.

Mr. Okorocha, who spoke to journalists at the Government House in Imo State early Monday, said the supplementary election would have been unnecessary if INEC had considered the number of Permanent Voters Card distributed in the affected areas instead of the number of registered voters.

The INEC Returning Officer of the State, Ibidapo Obe, announced that the election was inconclusive because the margin (79,529) between the frontrunner, Mr. Okorocha and his contender, Emeka Ihedioha of Peoples Democratic Party, was less than the number of registered voters (144,715) in wards across the state where elections did not hold or were cancelled due to violence.

He said a new date would be announced for a supplementary election.

Though Mr. Okorocha recognised the provision of the electoral law in respect of the number of registered voters, he said INEC should have considered distribution of PVC in the affected areas instead of registered voters as only voters with PVC can vote.

“The electoral act has talked about registered voters and in the workings of that act and in the spirit of the law, you cannot not make use of number of registered voters, you have to make use of number of PVC collected.

“When you look at the number of PVC collected you find out that there is no need for this supplementary election because the number of PVC collected will be less than the 79,000 votes difference between me and the PDP candidate. But now they are basing on the number of registered voters. Number of registered voters do not cast the vote; it is the number of PVC collected that does,” he explained.

He, however, said he was ready to participate in the supplementary election and in fact went ahead to claim victory in the election.

“You can only change the date of a burial but you cannot change the burial. From the results available, the fact speaks for itself, we have won this election despite all the irregularities,” Mr. Okorocha with a contented smile.

Beaming with confidence, Mr. Okorocha said he was in fact ready for the total re-run of the election if INEC deemed it necessary and guaranteed that it would be conducted fairly. He insisted that his contender cannot defeat him in a free and fair election.

“Let me say that there is no basis for comparison when I’m told that I’m in contest with the PDP candidate and he scored some votes it is not true. I think I’m in contest with more unseen elements than the candidate himself. If this election is conducted in the way it should be conducted in a free and fair manner, my opponent would have up to 100,000 votes. Never. Not in Imo State; not at all,” he boasted.

Mr. Okorocha said he would have won the election with a landslide if his contender, abetted by men in security uniform, had not perpetrated widespread electoral fraud.

“If you look at what has happened in his areas of jurisdiction and his local government, Mbaise local government, Ahiazu, Ezinnite, Aboh Mbaise, where he gave himself almost 80,000 votes. Can you imagine in Aboh Mbaise, you have 51,000 voters when the actual PVC collected is about 60,000 and in Mbaitoli where you have over 100,000 PVC collected the total votes there is about 30,000 so that tells you the manipulation. What we saw in those areas was simply the militarisation of the entire process – snatching of ballot boxes and violence and what have you.

“But because of these manipulations and writing of results and taking result sheets and going to somebody’s house – escorted by security agencies- to write the result and come in the private car to INEC headquarters, that is why many people think there is a contest. So I’m not in contest with that gentle man, I’m in contest with the entire manipulation of the system and the election,” he said.


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  • Oga Useni

    If the PVC collected is less than the difference between Okorocha and his challenger what is the point of a supplementary election and the attendant waste of resources? Assuming every voter votes for the challenger he will still be unable to make up the difference! Am I the only one who thinks this supplementary election decision is illogical?

    • Wähala

      You’re not alone dianyi, there’s no sense in conducting supplementary elections since common sense logic says if the number of PVCs collected is actually less than the difference between them… but, dats Naija for you. Either way, I think the Owelle Igboland will still retain his seat against those Mbaise criminals.

      • Ed

        Law is an ass hole. Let’s cross the T’s

    • Niakita Kresbin

      My dear you are not alone. The limiting factor is the number of PVC’s collected and if that number is lower than the difference between them then there is no need for re-run.

  • Mila Miller

    owelle ndi igbo vs all blind igbo politician with mbaise criminals

    • Kk

      U are a criminal not mbaise people and If I hear this nonsense from you again,I will not only trace but maim u. Why can’t u comment without insulting a people?lemme hear even hi from u and u can tell the rest to the spirit world.

      • Progress CT

        Read your comment again!

      • Mila Miller

        mbaise ppl are criminal if ur man a noff show ur identity not by noise making 7 against 20 lga is clear of what im talking

  • Wähala

    Owelle makes a lot of sense if you consider the irregularity of 80,000 voting in an enclave with 60,000 registered voters. Moreso, the supplementary election is a waste of time and scare resources given the number of PVCs actually collected in affected areas. Whatever! Let them reschedule the whole process for after May 29th when sane Govt. is installed let’s see how that Mbaise cultist can dislodge the popular Rochas Okorocha from Douglas House… Meanwhile, congratulations Owelle for leading the pack in this elections against all militarization and intimidations but above all, for leading smart Imolites into the APC and the new political dispensation sweeping the country. Don’t mind those Mbaise criminals and their Owerri cohorts, na you biko we know for Igbo land henceforth.

    • burning spear

      MUMU UNAWARE———————-U ARE NOT WANTED IN APC–STOP FORCING YOURSELVES UNTO PEOPLE-WHO DO NOT WANT U—————–WAS BUHARI NOT IN THE SOUTH EAST ZONE TWICE—–WHAT——-HAPPENED—–HE FAILED————-INSTEAD OF YOU THE IGBOS CREATING A TINUBU IN THE SOUTH EAST–U WANT TO BEG YOUR WAY INTO APC————————–THE YORUBAS PRODUCED BUHARI——WHICH ONE DID U BRING OUT—–FROM THE SOUTH EAST–NOTHING–JUST FOLLOW FOLLOW–TIME FOR THE IGBOS TO WAKE UP—AND RE–ALIGN—THEIR THOUGHTS WITH PROGRESSIVE IDEAS——————-WHERE IS YOUR TINUBU————————————-IS IT ROCHAS———————? i BEGI

    • Arabakpura

      You know it is best for Ndigbo that Imo remains in APC. I know that Anambra will have nothing again to do with PDP and will probably show some political brinkmanship to weather this tide. This is the best way that Ibo will still have some reckoning. I salute Rochas. PDP is currenty in the emergency ward! We should all pray for its survival; otherwise, O God provide for the people of Nigeria another viable opposition party

  • Mr. Abdin

    IS PDP STILL IN EXISTENCE?

    • burning spear

      YES—ITS STILL THERE–NIGERIA CANNOT BE TURNED INTO A ONE PARTY STATE—– BY SOME CERTIFICATELESS DRUG ADDICTS

      • Jack

        I agree with you, we can’t allow some drug addicts to take over NIGERIA like Gej, Ffk, Wike etc

      • Truthometer

        Lagos lagoon is free for you to jump into it. APC convincingly won! Deal
        with it! If you are smart enough, which I doubt, this is the right time
        for you and your corrupt party, to start preparing for the next
        election. Try to be a strong opposition and offer your party again as a
        credible alternative to APC in the next election. But you must have purged your party of wanton pilfering mentality. Four years is just
        around the corner. Stop whining!!!

  • Eze Epraim

    MAKE MORE NOISE AND BOAST MORE HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

  • nnanque

    The voice of the people is the voice of God . The people have spoken ,the Almighty has approved. Forward ever with the great Owelle, backward never with the the PDP rogue oligarchs who ran Imo state in the past as their private estates. Next stop, the presidency. For those clamouring for a PDP governorship, just take a trip to Abia state and see the evil “legacy” of a PDP government. Long live Owelle, Long live Imo state, Long live Nigeria !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • burning spear

    THE PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH EAST—SHOULD BE VERY CLEAR ON THE DIRECTION THEY INTEND TO FOLLOW—-iTS NOT ENOUGH FOR THEM TO BEHAVE LIKE THE FULANIS AND YORUBAS–WHO HAVE TOLD THE ENTIRE PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH EAST TO GO TO HELL—THE BEST OPTION FOR THE Igbos——–IS THIS SS AND SE—MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE———–WITH THAT ARRANGEMENT IN PLACE——THEY WILL BECOME THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BRIDES———————IN NIGERIA———————-RATHER THAN HAVE THEM FOLLOW THE PATH OF TRUTH–THEY WANT TO JUST BROKE POT WITH THE ROGUES IN APC——WHAT A SHAME—YR INDECISON IS BECOMING A VERY COSTLY EXERCISE–THE YORUBAS AND FULANIS DO NOT HAVE ROOM FOR THE IGBOS——THEY SHOULD STOP HOUSE BOYING THEIR WAY INTO APC

    • newvoice404

      Deri the sore loser ,leave Nigeria and Nigerians alone .Lets us thrive. Your mentor had done his bit we concluded that he failed and we voted him out . Pls live and let us live Deri .Stop crying !

  • Re-run waste of time.

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