PDP has made official statement over sacking of Emeka Ihedioha as Imo governor – Supreme Court had on Tuesday, January 14, sacked Ihedioha and affirmed Uzodinma of APC as the elected governor of the state – Uche Secondus, the PDP national chairman, on Thursday after the NEC of the party, alleged that Supreme Court under CJN Tanko has been compromised Apparently dissatisfied with the way Supreme Court sacked Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state, the People Democratic Party (PDP), has called for immediate review and reversal of the decision of the apex court. Premium Times reports that the party made this known on Thursday, January 16, at a press conference at its secretariat in Abuja.
It was gathered that while addressing journalists, the party’s national chairman, Uche Secondus, said the reversal would be in the interest of justice. The Supreme Court had on Tuesday, January 14, nullified the election of Ihedioha as the governor of the state.
The apex court declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9, governorship election in the state
PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus Source: UGC It would be recalled that Uzodinma originally came fourth in the election while Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) and Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) came second and third respectively. The seven-member panel of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad gave the unanimous decision on Tuesday, January 14, in Abuja. Delivering the position of the National Working Committee (NWC), Secondus, said after a thorough examination of all the issues relating to what he described as miscarriage of justice by the Supreme Court, the party resolved that the apex court, as presently constituted under Justice Tanko, has become heavily compromised. He alleged that the apex court 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.
With the verdict, the Supreme Court executed a coup against the PDP and the people of Imo state as well as other Nigerians, and such must not be allowed to have a place in our democracy.” Secondus further stated that the chief justice must provide Nigerians with answers to some pertinent questions. He said 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 question is, how many witnesses did Uzodinma/APC call from the 388 polling units from where the Supreme Court allocated votes to him?” Secondus asked. He further stated that the so called results from the 388 lolling 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 tribunal did not even open the Ghana Must Go bags as there was no basis to do so. It is one of the great wonders of the world how the Supreme Court opened the bag, counted the results and added them to only the APC Candidate,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile,it has had previously reported that the leaders of PDP summoned an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting 24 hours after the removal of the ex-Imo state governor, Emeka Ihedioha by the Supreme Court.