Protest in Imo, Anambra, Taraba, Gombe, others over S’court verdict

Protest in Imo, Anambra, Taraba, Gombe, others over S’court verdict


Nigerians in some South Eastern part of Nigeria including Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Taraba, Gombe States staged a peaceful protest on Sunday against Supreme court verdict which sacked Candidatw of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Mr Emeka Ihedioha and returned Mr Hope Uzodinma, Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of March 9, 2019 governorship election held in Imo State.

The PDP protesters carried placards bearing various inscriptions and calling on the leadership of the Supreme court to immediately take a judicial review of the judgement and make appropriate reversal in the best interest of Imo State.

They described the Supreme court judgement as abnormally which does not reflect the true desire of Imo voters during the 2019 general elections.

Recall that a 7-member panel of the Supreme court had last week in a unanimous judgment, nullified the election of Mr Emeka Ihedioha, Peoples Democratic party and declared hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the July Governorship election in the State.

The immediate past Chief of staff in the Government House, Chief Chris OkewulonuSpokesman for protesters who thronged the streets of Owerri, the Imo State Capital on Sunday to peacefully send warning signals against what they termed injustice against Mr Emeka Ihedioha,

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He expressed shock over the decision of the appellate court, insisri g that Mr Emeka Ihedioha won the March 9, 2019/governorship election in Imo State.

“We were all in shock when on the 14th of January, the Supreme Court reversed the judgement and awarded victory to APC Candidate.

“We discovered that initially, that the Supreme Court did not devote much time to hear the matter. We deduced that there were some funny movement. Our fears were confirmed when on the day of judgement, the Supreme Court went on break and resumed about 4 pm.

“The judgement was not in consonant with the arguments in court and the judgement did not reflect the election that took place in Imo State on March 9 last year. We are all Imo people and participated in the election and noticed that Ihedioha clearly won the election.

“The Supreme Court must reverse the judgement. It has happened in the past. They should quickly reconvene and do justice. There are a number of instances where the Supreme Court realized it made a mistake and reconvened to do justice to the matter. The most important thing is the interest of the people of the State”, Okewulonu said.

The protest shut down the state capital for hours while security forces were on ground with over 15 truck loads of policemen accompanying the protesters to forestall breakdown of law and order.

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A similar protest is taking place in Anambra, Taraba, Gombe, and Enugu States.

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