The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the judgment of the Supreme Court on the Imo State governorship election as another sad commentary on Nigeria’s democratic order.
The Supreme Court had, on Tuesday, nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, as the governor of Imo 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.
Mr 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 in Abuja.
Reacting to the judgment, the opposition party, through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it finds it difficult to understand how Mr Uzodinma, who came fourth in the March 9, 2019, governorship election, with just 96,458 votes, will unseat Mr Ihedioha who 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,” it said.
The party said it is lamentable that the destiny of the people of Imo State is being taken from the governor they chose and voted for and handed over to individuals and a political party that does not have their blessing and mandate, and which they rejected at the election.
“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.”
“While recognising that the judgment of the Supreme Court is final, the PDP, however, urges all party stakeholders in the state to remain united and calm, and await further instructions from the national leadership on this very sad development,” Mr Ologbondiyan said.