The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed surprise over the judgment of the Supreme Court declaring the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Hope Uzodinma, winner of the 2019 Governorship election in Imo State, sacking the Candidate of the PDP, Emeka Ihedioha, who was initially declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, with immediate effect.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, described the judgment as yet another very sad commentary on the nation’s democratic order.
He said: “The party finds it difficult to understand how Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, who came 4th in the March 9, 2019, Governorship election, with just 96,458 votes, will suddenly, by the token of the judgment of the Supreme Court, defeat Chief Emeka Ihedioha/PDP, who scored 276,404 votes.
“In fact, the PDP, and indeed most Nigerians, are still at a loss as to understand the basis upon which the Supreme Court arrived at its decision.
“The party says it is lamentable that the destiny of the people of Imo State is being taken from the Governor they chose and voted for, and handed over to individuals and a political party that do not have their blessing and mandate, and which they rejected at the election.”
Meanwhile, the entrance gate to the Imo State Government House, in Owerri, the Sate capital, was locked, immediately the news filtered that Senator Hope Uzodinma of the APC, had been returned as the duly elected Governor of the State by the Supreme Court.
Journalists who visited the Government House, were told by some Security Officers that there was an order for them to restrict movement in and out of the Government House.
Thereafter, the Security Officers locked up the gate of the Government House.