Uzodinma Boasts, “Supreme Court Will Not Reverse My Victory” As He Meets With President Buhari
In a visit to the President, Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Villa, Abuja recently Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma was formally introduced to the President by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, as the new governor of the state and he came out of the meeting expressing optimism that the Supreme Court will not reverse the victory earlier given to him.
While addressing the press after his visit, Uzodinma, said he was unperturbed by the decision of the ousted governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, to approach the Supreme Court to reverse its judgment which returned him as the winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.
He continued by stating that the stipulated 60 days within which post-election petitions should be exhausted has elapsed, Ihedioha’s rerun to the apex court was an exercise in futility.
According to Uzodinma , “So, going back to the Supreme Court, I don’ know what it means. I am not a lawyer, anyway, but with my little knowledge of lawmaking, I understood that what is in the Electoral Act. So the Supreme Court is not a market square that anytime you want, you go there.”
Adding his voice to the Supreme Court verdict, the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole lambasted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for declaring Ihedioha as the winner of the March 9, 2019 election in Imo State, stating that the commission behaved completely irresponsibly.
Oshiomhole also criticized the returning officer who declared Emeka Ihedioha winner of the said election, describing him as a senile man who did not know that nine local government, which Ihedioha reportedly won, did not constitute two-third of the 27 local government areas of the state.
According to him, INEC only exploited the monopoly of the power of declaration to proclaim Ihedioha as the winner of the election, “when he shouldn’t have been declared the winner at all.”
He went further to reiterate the fact that he thought that even if a lunatic in the commission declared anyone winner of an election, such declaration would automatically become irreversible, alleging that such attitude only conforms to the nature of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)
“I think there is something the media simply refused to focus on. With all due respect, a lot of the views that people parrot are derived from what I called electronic media lawyers.
“Now, is there any of us in this room at the time Emeka was declared? Even the returning officer could not show that he scored the constitutional requirement of at least one quarter of the total vote cast in at least two-thirds of the local government. “ On that criterion alone, there is no question in the eye of the law”. Emeka Ihedioha ought not to have been declared the winner because he had those numbers only in nine local government areas and of course, you know you have about 27 local government areas. Two-Third is 15.