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Let's check if Ihedioha merits the Constitutional Requirements to be declared Governor

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on Monday March 11th, 2019 declared the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Hon Emeka Ihedioha as Governor-elect of the election conducted on Saturday March 9th, 2019.

The opposition Parties, the Action Alliance (AA), All Progressive Congress (APC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) had challenged the declaration on the grounds that the return was done in error, that the candidate so declared failed to fulfill the Section 179 (2, a & b of the 1999 constitution as amended.

Which states that "where there are two or more nominated candidates, a candidate will be regarded as duly elected into the Office of Governor of the State where he has the highest number of votes cast at the election. He must also have at least one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the Local Government Areas in the State."

25% in 2/3 of 27 LGAs of Imo State simply means you must get ¹/4 of TOTAL votes cast in 18 LGAs.

That is 25 divided by one hundred times the total number of valid vote cast in each LGA or State as the case may be. 25 ÷100 × TOTAL Votes Cast.

Ihedioha won outrightly in 11 LGA's and automatically got 25% in them....

Coming to other 16 LGA's that Emeka Ihedioha lost to AA, APC and APGA, he is expected by the constitutional provisions to secure compulsorily 1/4 (25%) of all votes cast in at least 7 LGA to make the 2/3 spread, which is a total of 18 LGAs of the 27 LGAs thereby satisfying all laid down requirements as to be pronounced Governor elect.

Then the big question, did the Peoples Democratic Party garnered 25% in votes cast in 7 additional LGAs. The answer is Yes and No depending on your choice of calculations.

The confusion and noise generated is whether the 25% is calculated using the total votes cast which includes both valid and invalid votes or only with the valid vote cast.

Then it takes us back to the INEC official declared results, signed and collected by State gubernatorial party agents.

If you do the calculations using all known mathematical formulas, especially in the 16 LGAs , Emeka Ihedioha lost to the opposition party, the answer will settle the dust raised.

As a researcher, IFEANYICY MEDIA have done our calculations and hereby states as follows;

(a) if the 1/4 is calculated with the TOTAL VOTES CAST in the 16 LGAs Ihedioha lost, he did not secure the 25% in 2/3 of the whole Imo LGA.

(b) if the 1/4 is calculated with ONLY VALID VOTE CAST, without the INVALID VOTES it means Ihedioha secured the constitutional requirements and therefore rightly declared.

But the problem, the framers of the constitution said:

"He must also have at least one-quarter (1/4) of ALL THE VOTES CAST in each of at least two-thirds (2/3) of all the Local Government Areas in the State.

If he failed to secure 25% in 2/3 and INEC have declared in default, it means Election Petition Tribunal will Nullify the election and other for another election whereby all the candidates in the election will return to the polls, considering the prayers sought in the tribunals.

The tribunal will last for 180 days which is 6-months. And the candidate so declared by INEC will be sworn-in on May 29th, 2019 and will be the Executive Governor to supervise his own election.

But had it been the results were not declared, a run-off between the first two top candidates will be conducted, which is PDP and AA.

In the tribunal, a certified mathematician will be subpoena to do the calculations while the arguments will be if the 25% will be calculated with ALL THE VOTES CAST or VALID VOTES CAST WITHOUT INVALID VOTES.

My name is IfeanyiCy Njoku, Amazi Umunakanu Owerre, Ehime-mbano LGA, Imo state.
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