Unic Press UK: There’s been a massive protest March in Imo State over the Supreme Court of Nigeria ruling that sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the main opposition party People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and installed Hope Uzodinma of the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) as Imo State Governor.
Thousands of people, in a peaceful protest on Sunday, marched through the streets of the capital city of Imo State, Owerri, berating the authorities, including the Judiciary under Chief Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed.
The protesters sung in the local dialect, denouncing the Supreme Court judgement. They were carrying several banners, reading “Tanko must go“, “Ihedioha won landslide“, Imolites want Ihedioha, and so on.
Earlier in a press statement, the main opposition party in Nigeria, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said the Supreme Court judgment on the Imo State Gubernatorial Election 2019 is “groundless” and should be “reversed”.
“That the Supreme Court, as presently constituted under Justice Mohammed Tanko, has become heavily compromised; lost its credibility and is now annexed to execute ignoble agenda of the APC-led Federal Government against the Nigerian people. That the judgment of the Supreme Court voiding the lawful election of Hon. Emeka Ihedioha (who scored 276,404 votes) and awarding fictitious votes to declare Hope Uzodimma of the APC, who scored 96, 458 votes as governor of Imo state, is highly irrational, unfounded, a provocative product of executive manipulation and a recipe for crisis, which should not be allowed to stand. The Supreme Court, in a host of cases, the latest and most celebrated being Atiku V Buhari & Ors, consistently decided that for a petitioner to succeed in an allegation of infraction of any provision of the Electoral Act especially one complaining about malpractice, as in this case, wrongful exclusion of votes, the petitioner must call witnesses polling unit by polling unit. The so called results from the 388 Polling units were rightfully rejected, in line with several decisions of the Supreme Court, by the Tribunal and Court of Appeal as it was merely dumped on the tribunal in a Ghana Must Go bag, by a policeman who had no mandate of the police to testify at the Tribunal,” the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus said Thursday in a press statement.
It was last week that the Supreme Court of Nigeria, in a controversial ruling, declared that Hope Uzodinma is the duly elected Imo State Governor, despite that Uzodinma came fourth in the imo State Gubernatorial Election results in 2019 as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).