Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the November 16 gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Tony Nwoye, has filed a petition at the election tribunal in Awka challenging the results of the election.
Nwoye who disclosed this on Monday in Awka during an interactive session with stakeholders of the party, said the need to challenge the verdict of the poll became imperative because the election was widely criticised as fraught with fraud.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on December 1 declared Willy Obiano of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA. winner of the election in spite of allegations of fraud and mass disenfranchisement.
Nwoye said that the decision to petition the outcome of the election was taken at the zonal and state levels of the party.
“This is contrary to speculations that the PDP will not go to court over the governorship election,” he said, expressing optimism that the party would upstage APGA “just like Gov. Peter Obi displaced Dr Chris Ngige and Dr Ifeanyi Uba through the instrumentality of the court.”
He commended members of the PDP in the state for their support which he said enabled the party emerge second in the election, despite the late campaign.
According to the election result released by INEC, Obiano polled 180,178 votes to emerge winner of the election while Nwoye, garnered 97,700 votes to place second.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Chris Ngige secured 95,963 votes while Ifeanyyi Ubah of Labour Party scored 37,495 votes to place third and fourth respectively.