Supreme Court gives Ihedioha red card, APC, PDP react

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Nigerians yet to grasp basis for judgement – PDP

We have never lost faith in the judiciary – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) have reacted to the verdict of the Supreme Court upturning the election of Emeka Ihedioha as Governor of Imo State and Senator Hope Uzodinma as the new governor.

Reacting to the judgement by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, in a seven-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, the PDP expressed shock at the judicial loss and said the party finds it difficult to understand how Senator Hope Uzodinma/APC, who came 4th in the March 9, 2019 governorship election, with just 96,458 votes, will suddenly, by the token of the judgment of the Supreme Court, defeat Governor Emeka Ihedioha/PDP that scored 276,404 votes.

In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, “The PDP is surprised at the judgment of the Supreme Court on the Imo state governorship election describing it as yet another very sad commentary on our nation’s democratic order”.

“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. 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. Moreover, all the gains, including the development and stability already achieved by the people-based government, under Governor Emeka Ihedioha/PDP administration in the state are now heavily jeopardized.

“Indeed, the mournful and despondent ambience that now pervades in Imo state is a loud testimony that the judgment did not reflect the expectation of the people of Imo state as expressed at the polls.”

In its reaction, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said in a statement saluted Senator Hope Uzodinma APC supporters and members for their resilience and said  “even the party was still wondering why we lost elections we clearly won in Zamfara State at the Supreme Court and how the same court ruled our party out of the electoral race in Rivers State, we have never, as a political party, lost faith in the judiciary.”

“We salute Senator Hope Uzodinma, our supporters and members for their temperance displayed in the aftermath of the blatant rigging of the Imo Governorship election. We chose to focus on the judicial route to reclaim the Party’s mandate. We are confident that our other stolen electoral mandates will be restored by the courts.”

The party calls on all Imo State APC stakeholders to come together in support of Senator Uzodinma to ensure the success of the party’s Next Level agenda and to democratically entrench the APC in the state and entire Southeast.