THE Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has embarked on a mission of peace by reaching out to the opposition in the state following the affirmation by the Supreme Court of his electoral victory and the continued growing agitation over the ruling.
In Owerri after the ruling, Uzodinma sued and for peace and implored those who contested the governorship election with him in 2019 to join hands with him to develop the state, emphasizing that he believes in the rule of law and would do everything to abide by the principle.
The governor described the Supreme Court ruling as a confirmation of the mandate of the people and appealed for a cessation of protests against the judgment, which had set aside the appeal by the former governor, Emeka Ihedioha.
He reassured the people of his determination to serve them without malice against the opposition and that God would see his administration through his resolve to build on programs that would transform the state and not play to the gallery.
Undeterred by the political reality that Imo is a orphan, as the only All Progressive Congress (APC) state in the South East, Uzodinma said, “I will embark on political evangelism to convert the people of other states into APC.”
The National Chairman of the APC, and former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, excited that the state had returned to APC stable, saw the review as consistent with the position of the Supreme Court in recent similar matters.
“I think it is refreshing and quite predictable in the sense that from the attitude of the Supreme Court on Bayelsa State that nothing was wrong with the candidate, the lower court did not disqualify the candidate, the issue of the candidate was not before the Supreme Court and yet the Supreme Court made a decision, which we thought that benefited from in the words of Mr. Wole Olanikpekun, some human corrections and the court says whatever they have done was final,” he said.
PDP flays Supreme Court for endorsing electoral fraud in Imo
MEANWHILE, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, stated that “it is indeed unfortunate that the Supreme Court had the wholesome opportunity to redeem itself and correct its errors, but chose to hide behind technicality to justify and endorse an electoral fraud.
“This judgment will continue to haunt the Supreme Court. It has created a burden of precedence and fallibility on the Court.
“What Nigerians expected of the Supreme Court, since the error in its earlier judgment that had been fully established, was to summon the courage to affirm its infallibility by correcting the errors and handing over victory to the rightful winner. Sadly, it failed to do so.”
Finding succor in the minority position of Justice Chima Nweze, which the party stated, “presents a glimpse of hope for our nation’s judiciary,” Ologbondiyan continued: “Our party abides completely by every word of the judgment of Justice Nweze as treated facts, which are truly sacred.
“Justice Nweze’s pronouncement, which went straight into the substance of our application, represents a universal view about the travesty of justice that occurred in the Imo governorship election judgment.
“As a party, we hold that on this judgment, all election stakeholders must rally to create remedies for this pathetic situation created by the Supreme Court in the Imo governorship election before our entire electoral process becomes vanquished.
“More distressing is the fact that the judgment has heavily detracted from the confidence Nigerians and the international community reposed on the Supreme Court and our entire jurisprudence.”