The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has petitioned the National Judicial Council, NJC, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over the tag: “Supreme Court Governor”, used to describe him by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, .
In January, Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP, was sacked as the Governor of the South-East State, following the Apex Court’s rather shocking ruling that Uzodinma was the duly elected Governor of the State, on the grounds that the results from 388 polling units were excluded when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced the final tally in March 2019.
In the petition, also addressed to the Leadership of the National Assembly, Batos Chikezie, the Special Adviser to Governor Uzodinma, on Political Matters, asked that Ogubundu Nwadike, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the State, and other members, be stopped from using the “Supreme Court Governor” tag, as according to him, it is derogatory.
Chikezie said that since the Supreme Court’s decision on January 14, 2020, “Nwadike continued to refer to Uzodinma as the Supreme Court Governor, and Chief Emeka Ihedioha, as the elected Governor of the State, in the print, electronic, and social media”.
He described the tag as a “wicked propaganda and blackmail, characteristically designed to incite and delude the people of the State, thereby misdirecting them to disregard the Judiciary”.
He also asked that the NJC, through the Registrar of the Supreme Court, to ensure that Nwadike is made to stand trial for “persistently making a mockery of the decision and proceeding of the Supreme Court, on the Imo State Gubernatorial election, thereby making them look compromised and biased in the eyes of the public, which is a dent on their integrity and pedigree”.