Owelle Rochas Okorocha, re-elected Governor of Imo State, has said he is not afraid to defend his victory at the Election Petitions Tribunal, where the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Emeka Ihedioha, has vowed to challenge his declaration as the winner of the governorship poll in the state.
The statement was contained by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, and was made available to journalists in Owerri, the state capital on Tuesday.
According to the statement, Okorocha, who was the All Progressives Congress candidate in the governorship election, wondered why Ihedioha did not complain of irregularities before the re-run.
He argued that the PDP candidate’s insistence to file his petition at the election tribunal would “expose the true figures” of the areas he (petitioner) won.
The governor added:
“First and foremost, let us encourage Ihedioha to go to the tribunal and we shall meet him there.
“He shall make his claims and we shall make our counter-claims, and Nigerians will then know how he got more than 55,000 votes in his Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area and how he got two-third of his overall votes from the three local governments in his Mbaise area”.
“Ihedioha’s refusal to congratulate Okorocha on his victory, showed his level of desperation to govern the state. Added the statement.
His refusal to congratulate Governor Okorocha, who defeated him with almost 100,000 votes, only shows the level of his desperation. Out of the 27 LGAs, he led in three local governments in his Mbaise area after adding the votes from the supplementary election”, the statement concluded.