Ihedioha: Imo church leaders urge S/Court to review judgement

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Dozens of church leaders in Imo State have called on the Supreme of to its judgement that voided the of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples () as the of the state while declaring Hope Uzodinma as the governor.

This is just as the Working Committee of the Alaigbo Development (ADF) has described the removal of Ihedioha as the Imo by the Supreme Court as a mindless assault on Democracy and Rule of Law which is its .

Addressing a press conference at the headquarters of the Charismatic Renewal Ministries () in Owerri, the state capital on Wednesday, . Rev. Chidi Oparaojiaku who spoke on behalf of the church leaders under the auspices of the Concerned Church Leaders Forum, said the judgment ran “counter to the on ground and raises a lot of questions.”

Oparaojiaku, who doubles as the Anglican of Ohaji-Egbema, questioned the rationale upon which the Court arrived at its judgment, warning that the judgment, ‘if not justified’, would set a precedent for the judiciary and democracy in the country.

The church leaders, therefore, urged the Supreme Court to review the judgment to ensure that justice was served in the overall interest of peace, unity, development and continued survival of democracy in the state and Nigeria in .

Oparajiaku said, “it is not that Christian leaders the newly sworn-in Governor of Imo State who is undoubtedly an Imolite, but the judgment has raised a lot of unanswered questions.

“Where is therefore any perceived of injustice, we are morally authorized to speak out and question the modalities for the injustice.

“We are deeply worried about what be the fate of future in Nigeria if the courts are allowed to use technicalities to subvert the of the electorate.

“The general , and especially Imolites will like to know how the Supreme Court arrived at the decision which injustice.

“In of the above, we join millions of Nigerians to call on the Supreme Court of Nigeria to review that judgment; urge Imolites and interest groups to ensure that only of peace, maturity and godliness is employed in handling this sensitive matter.”

In another development, the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has said that it was not only rejecting the Supreme Court judgement that removed Ihedioha as governor but condemned the ruling of the judgement as a mindless assault on democracy and rule of law which is its foundation.

In a document issued by Prof. Uzodinma Nwala and Prof. Nath Aniekwu, and of ADF respectively, the group said, “It (the judgement) is, above all, an arrogant assault on the fundamental right of Imo to decide those to whom they give their mandate to preside over their political affairs for the four years”.

The statement said the ADF position was based on a number of factors surrounding the judgement, among which was “the technical and substantive impossibility of a candidate who came fourth in the election with just only 96,45 votes and came 4th in the Governorship Election would overtake every candidate to defeat the number one candidate who scored 273, 404 votes.

“And this is a candidate whose Party, the All Progressive (), did not win any seat in the State of Assembly Election held simultaneously with the Presidential in the 2019 .

“What is more, the manner in which the Justice Tanko-led Supreme Court did their on-the-spot calculations and came to their conclusion is so bizarre that one wonders whether this is happening in a normal or in Alice’s Wonderland.

“The Justice Tanko-led Supreme Court appears to be desperately keeping with the grand for which Justice Tanko was brazenly fostered on the Judiciary after Justice Onnoghen was hounded out of office.

“Our people in Imo State and the entre nation should regard the removal of the legitimately elected Governor of Imo State as a assault on the Regional solidarity of Alaigbo, especially that Regional cohesion is vital to the defense and of Alaigbo from the invaders”.

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