Activists urge Supreme Court not to reverse Uzodinma’s victory

By Chesa Chesa

The Supreme Court has been urged not to reverse itself in last month’s judgement giving victory to Sen. Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor of Imo State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the election but this was upturned by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court sits next Tuesday to review its own judgement as it had continued to generate controversies.

However, a group of activists, including the Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights (PAIR); Society for Enduring Economic Democracy (SEED); and Initiative for Democratic Enthronement Action (IDEA) stressed that the apex should not succumb to blackmail.

Represented by Emmanuel Chukwudi (PAIR); Nze Chukwuma (SEED); and Musa Attah (IDEA); the group lamented that the right to protest has become “a dangerous enterprise as these persons have taken it upon themselves to decide what the law is!”

At a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday, the group said that “not all persons will be happy at every judicial pronouncements, but to attempt to insist and perjure the Hon. Justices of the apex court through deliberate blackmail, name-calling and subterfuge is a dangerous precedent that should not be allowed to fester.

“If the opposition were to be true sports people, they should accept the decision of the Supreme Court as final in the interest of the state they claimed to want to serve.”

They added that while Imo State had remained peaceful since the Supreme Court judgement, “we will imagine that those who claimed that they want to serve the people are intent on causing public disharmony, promote dissention and encourage rebellion against not only a duly elected government, but to also disparage, impugn and cause the Hon. Justices of the apex court to be seen as enemies of the people.

“As the Supreme Court decides on the review of its decision, we implore the Hon. Justices to be careful not to set a dangerous precedents where all sorts of frivolous appeals will become the order of the day, wasting the court’s time, taxpayers money and weigh down the system.

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