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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed shock over the Supreme Court ruling sacking Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo state.
This is as security agents have swiftly barricaded Imo Government House, Owerri, ostensibly to forestall any break down of law and order.
The move comes in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment against Governor Emeka Ihedioha; on the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday delivered the ruling against Ihedioha of the PDP. The apex court directed the immediate swearing in of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate; Chief Hope Uzodinma as winner of the governorship election in Imo State.
As expected the verdict was met with mixed reactions in various quarters of the state; especially after Ihedioha’s initial victories at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and the Appeal Court respectively.
The PDP, expressed surprise at the judgment of the Supreme Court on the Imo state governorship election; describing it as `yet another very sad commentary on Nigeria’s democratic order’.
A seven-man panel of the apex court in its decision held that Ihedioha did not win majority of votes cast at the March 9, 2019 governorship elections.
Consequently, the PDP, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan; in Abuja on Tuesday said that the PDP and Nigerians were still at a loss; as to understand the basis upon which the court arrived at its decision.
Ologbondiyan said that the PDP found it difficult to understand how Uzodinma/APC, who came 4th in the governorship election; with just 96,458 votes, would suddenly, by the token of the judgment of the Supreme Court; defeat Ihedioha/PDP that scored 276,404 votes.
“In fact, the PDP and indeed; most Nigerians are still at a loss as to understand the basis upon which the Supreme Court arrived at its decision.”
He said it was lamentable that the destiny of the people of Imo; was being taken from the governor they chose and voted for; and handed over to individuals and a political party that did not have the people’s blessing and mandate.
“The people of Imo state are now confronted with the challenge of having a government that they cannot identify with and which cannot connect with them, having not emanated from them.