Imo: Judiciary, electoral system on trial – Ihedioha

The former Imo state governor, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha reacting to Judgement of the Supreme Court on the state governorship election said the Judiciary and electoral system on trial.

Ihedioha candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was Tuesday sacked by the Supreme Court and replaced with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Hope Uzodimma 

Ihedioha who stated this when he recieved the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, Sarturday, at his house in Abuja, explained that “the event of that black Tuesday 14th January resonated across the country. We are as shocked as yourselves, it was never anticipated. All legal pundits and democratic watchers never imagined and anticipated, so for us it remains a mystery. But we take solace in the Book of Ecclesiastics 3:1 that to everything, there is a season and time for every purpose under heaven. I believe that that event will define obviously our democracy. “I am certain that the judiciary and electoral system are well aware that they are on trial. And what is fundamental about this is that thee facts of the matters as relates to Imo state governorship election is that the foundation of our democratic processes, the elections in Imo were closely monitored, well advertised and everybody in Nigeria followed it through. The results were very clear, the electoral umpire still have the results, and INEC has stated clearly that the results in question and the figures are not summing up, he added.

He also noted that “It is not about Emeka Ihedioha, it is not about Imo state, its about the future of our country and democracy. Its about what do we do tomorrow. Do you go into an electoral processes without having an idea; It has to be resolved one way or the other. I am calm and we are calm, and that is why you see in Imo, there is calmness. The calmness is coming out of shock, it is coming of belief. It is coming out if the fact that people are saying let us still see, can this be possible! We are waiting for answers and I believe there will be answers. 

He continued “The God that we worship, we are faithful believers in God and God does not sleep. This will make history in many ways and so this is a historical process, historical action, and I am sure there will be historical answers at the end of the day. I want to assure you that we will remain resolute and committed to the ideals of our great party. 

“And I want to say that that event will not put into question our faith in the Nigerian nation. It will not question our commitment to democracy, it will rather strengthen our resolve to match forward and make Nigeria a greater nation. And I am certain that from the events of that day, Nigeria will emerge a stronger and greater country. I want to urge you to continue to work with all lovers of democracy across board so that we can all put our heads together and match forward. 

“This is not the time to celebrate, I pity anyone who is celebrating that sad event. If anyone is celebrating, that person is not a student of democracy. Our fore fathers worked so hard to get us to where we are, and that is indisputable. So at a time like this, what are we beaquiting to the future generation? Our children are asking questions that have not yet been answered and the facts speak for themselves. I hope they will be addressed. It is a redefining moment, it is a time for sober reflection because to my own understanding of lawmaking, it is about precedence, it is about reference, and so we need to be guided on how to move forward.

Earlier in his remarks, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus said the party is still grieving on the Supreme Court Judgment.

Secondus said “In the case of Imo state, we have more questions than answers because we can’t see the figures adding up. These are the questions agitating our minds and the minds of Nigerians. I want to appeal to our brothers who are on the other side, they should stop trivialising these issues. They are of fundamental importance in nature. 

He added that “Reference are made in Sokoto, Rivers and Zamfara states. You cannot compare what happened in those states with Imo. The other ones are intra party. Let them come out and tell us what really happened, from the Tribunal, to the Appeal court up the the Supreme Court in the 388 polling units.

“What we seek in the case of Imo is for the Supreme Court to review to review and I believe that God will touch them to review it and they will reverse it in the interest of our nation so that we don’t celebrate the situation we found ourselves”. 

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