The governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo state, Uche Nwosu has rejected the verdict of the Imo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which on Saturday, 21st September affirmed the victory of Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
Nwosu stated that the “Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal delivered an unpopular and unacceptable judgement on a petition brought before it.”
The AA candidate who spoke in a statement signed by Onwuasoanya FCC Jones, his campaign Director of Media and Publicity, said, “While we retain our confidence in the judiciary and their ability to dispense justice, we have reasons to believe that the judges who served on the Imo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal were either misled or were distracted from paying adequate attention to the overwhelming evidences presented to her, by our lawyers, and the irrefutable testimonies of our witnesses, hence, the error ridden verdict they passed.”
“Significantly, the panel failed to address the real contentions in our petition, but chose to hinge its conclusions on curious technicalities like; the non-presentation of the certificates of our statistician, who was the PW22. The panel was wrong to have concluded that this witness is not an expert in mathematics and statistics, as he possesses the relevant qualifications and teaches statistics at a well regarded higher institution in the country. It is regrets that the panel merely glossed over the issue of constitutionality as it affects the 2/3 spread, which neither the 1st or 2nd respondent was able to disprove.
“Also, on the issue of of non-deployment of card readers, over-voting and Voters Register especially, in the three Mbaise LGAs, the panel curiously discountenanced the pile of undeniable evidences presented before her.”
Nwosu went further to say that he “shall hearken to the demand of majority of Imo people by defending the mandate they gave him freely during the last elections.”
According to the statement, Nwosu, “has therefore, instructed his lawyers, to immediately file a notice of appeal at the Owerri Division of the Court of Appeal.” He urged his supporters “to remain resolute, for the light is sure, at the end of the tunnel.”