Ihedioha formally applies to Supreme Court for review of Imo guber judgement
By Olisemeka Obeche
Ousted Imo Governor, Rt. Honourable Emeka Ihedioha on Wednesday officially applied to the Supreme Court of Nigeria, led by Justice Tanko Muhammed to review a judgement delivered against him and his party the People’s Democratic Party, PDP
Ihedioha approached the Supreme Court seeking a review of the judgement that removed him from office and installed Hope Uzodinma, Candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the 2019 gubernatorial election of the state.
According to a statement issued by Ihedioha’s media aide on new media AIC Akwarandu, the ex-governor submitted his request at the Supreme Court headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
Recall that the Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 14 nullified Ihedioha’s election as governor and declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state. In the final result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Uzodinma was fourth in the election, behind Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) and Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
The seven-member panel of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Muhammad said the evidence tendered by Uzodinma and APC was lawful.
The court said votes due to Uzodinma and APC from 388 polling units were not credited in the final result.
In reaction, Ihedioha said the Supreme Court’s verdict has put the electoral process, the judiciary and democracy in Nigeria on trial.
“It is not about Emeka Ihedioha, it is not about Imo State. It is about tomorrow. Do you go into an electoral process without having an idea? It has to be resolved one way or the other,” Ihedioha said.
On Monday, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus called on eminent Nigerians and lovers of democracy to speak out on the matter. “Today, it is at the door of Imo. Tomorrow, it will be at another person’s door. So, people must speak out,” Secondus said.
But former Nigeria vice president Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 election, urged Ihedioha and the PDP to accept the Supreme Court verdict. He urged Ihedioha not to be deterred by the court judgement but to overcome his setbacks and “come back stronger.” A statement issued by Emeka Ihedioha Supporters group, shows that the ousted governor’s camp was confident of victory and return to power at the supreme court. “GOD WILLING, THE SUPREME COURT WILL REVIEW THE JUDGEMENT AND REVERSE HERSELF IN OUR FAVOUR. WE WILL TAKE BACK WHAT NDI IMO FREELY GAVE TO US WHICH WAS ILLEGALLY TAKEN FROM US. GOD WILLING, IT WILL HAPPEN VERY SOON”, the group said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.