Uzodimma vs Ihedioha: Wole Soyinka, Gen. Abdulsalami
Abubakar, others, to monitor Supreme Court Imo
judgement review
Ahead of Tuesday’s Supreme Court review on Imo
governorship election, a Third Force Movement consisting
of eminent academics and organized civil society have
commended the Nigerian Supreme Court for its decision to
review its controversial ruling of March 9, 2019, on Imo
governorship election.
The group says it has engaged the services of the Nobel
Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof. Pat Utomi, leadership of
the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, the International
community and various civil society groups to help monitor
the Tuesday Supreme Court review to forestall further
irregularities in the state.
In a joint statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the group
described as a mark of maturity the decision of the Apex
Court to review its earlier ruling, adding that such step will
go a long way in dousing the political tension in the state.
The press statement, according to our reporter was signed
by the group’s spokesperson, Dr. Olusegun Awe One and
made available to the press.
The statement further hailed the international community
and concerned Nigerians for their diplomatic vigilance and
interventions on the survival of the nation’s democracy by
rising up to the occasion.
The group earlier averred that apart from the total valid
votes which the Apex Court based its ruling which however
exceeded the total accredited voters by INEC, Senator Hope
Uzodinma may also not have fulfilled the constitutional
requirements for a validly elected governor of the state,
having failed to score at least one-quarter of the votes cast
in each of the at least two-thirds of all the local government
areas in the state.
It condemned the observable “double standard” by the Apex
Court by earlier declaring Uche Nwosu the authentic
candidate of APC in the state and declaring Senator Hope
Uzodinma winner who is also a candidate of APC, a
development it said has remained contradictory.
The leaders also asserted that the judgment completely
overthrows all known judicial precedence and electoral
jurisprudence in Nigeria, insisting that its reversal by the
Supreme Court will prevent the precipitation of a major
uprising and anarchy in Imo capable of overwhelming
security and stability in the entire southeast.
It, however, charged the people of Imo state and entire
southeast to remain calm and hopeful, expressing optimism
that the Apex Court will do justice to the matter during its
review on Tuesday.
Other persons engaged by the group to monitor the review
are former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar,
Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Mr Femi Falana, Comrade Shehu
Sanni, Oby Ezekwesili, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Alhaji Balarebe
Musa amongst others. B

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