Ihedioha’s Removal: Massive Protest Hit Imo Over Supreme Court Judgement

…As Ogun, Katsina Join the nationwide protest against Supreme Court judgment

By Simon Akwu

Owerri (Precise Post) – Mammoth crowd of protesters have taken over the city of Owerri over the Supreme Court judgement that sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as Governor, and declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the election winner.

Hundreds of youths are marching through the streets, carrying banners, placards and chanting solidarity songs.

Last Tuesday, the court, in a unanimous decision, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Uzodinma a certificate of return.

A seven-man panel, in its decision held that Ihedioha did not win the majority of votes cast at the March 9, 2019 governorship election.

The judgment delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, held that the candidate of the APC won on grounds that he polled majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.

The apex court held that the lower court erred in law when it rejected evidence tendered before them to the extent that votes from 388 polling units were not credited to APC and Hope Uzodinma.

Kekere-Ekun said with the result from the 388 polling units, the APC governorship candidate polled majority lawful vote and ought to have been declared the winner of the election by INEC.

Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abia state chapter on Sunday demonstrated against the nullification of the election of Hon Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo state by the Supreme Court.

Carring placards with different inscriptions, the demonstrators, led by the chairman of the chapter, Chief Johnson Onuigbo, marched along major streets of Umuahia, the capital.

Onuigbo, speaking to newsmen at the headquarters of the chapter, described the judgement as injurious to democracy, asking the court to return Ihedioha’s mandate to him.

It was also gathered that Ogun, Katsina have join nationwide protest against Supreme Court judgment.

The news of Ogun, Katsina joining the is yet to be confirmed as at the time of filing this report.

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