By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it has concluded plans to embark on peaceful and non violent demonstration on Monday (today) in reaction to the Supreme Court verdict on Imo State governorship election.
The Supreme Court panel of justices led by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Muhammad Tanko had last Tuesday sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the party, who was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and declared Senator Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who came fourth at the polls, winner of the election.
The National Working Committee of the party led by Prince Uche Secondus in a World Press Conference on Thursday asked the apex court to revisit and reverse the judgement, insisting that results from the 388 polling units which were added to Uzodimma by the apex court were already rejected both by INEC, Tribunal and the Appeal Court.
The party said “In conclusion, in the light of extraordinary circumstances that vitiate that judgment as a product manipulation and a clear coup d’etat against the will of the people of Imo State, we demand that the decision of the Supreme Court on the Imo Governorship Election be reviewed and reversed in the interest of justice.”
The National Executive Council of the party (NEC) in its 87th Emergency meeting in Abuja resolved to embark on a peaceful protest and non-violent demonstration to press down what they described as injustice on the Imo declaration by the apex court.
The party in a statement signed by National Organizing Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu over the weekend stated,
“In line with the approval of the National Executive Committee of our great party, the National Chairman has directed that a peaceful, civil and non-violent protest be organized in the Federal Capital Territory to register the displeasure of the Party against the current state of affairs in the country, especially the miscarriages of justice of the Supreme Court against the lawfully elected Governor of Imo.
“This is a clarion call to all lovers of Democracy as we join hands to save our dear nation”