Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has urged Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, who ran on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha to go to court if he is not satisfied with the outcome of the April 25 rerun.
Ihedioha has refused to congratulate Okorocha, who won re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The deputy Speaker said the result was unacceptable to his party and threatened to go to the tribunal.
A statement by Okorocha’s Senior Special Assistant on Media Sam Onwuemeodo said: “We encourage Ihedioha to go to the tribunal and we shall meet him there. He shall make his claims and we shall respond, and Nigerians will know how he got more than 55,000 votes in his Aboh Mbaise council, and how he got two-thirds of his overall votes from the three local governments in his Mbaise area.
“It is curious that since the elections began, and until the result was announced, Ihedioha didn’t complain of any irregularity. It was the APC that complained of Ihedioha and the PDP using security agents and thugs to snatch ballot papers and falsify results; he never reacted to any of these claims.
“Ihedioha should know he will be asked to produce the booth results from Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise and Ezinihitte Mbaise. In fact, the April 25 rerun showed that if the April 11 election had been properly managed, Ihedioha would not have won in any local government.
“His refusal to congratulate Governor Okorocha shows his desperation. Of the 27 local governments, he won just three in his Mbaise area, after adding votes from the rerun.
“We are waiting to be served his court summons”.