A group of Imo indigenes abroad, have petitioned President Donald Trump of the United States of America, USA, to place on visa ban, the seven Supreme Court Justices who unanimously declared Hope Uzodinma, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the winner of the March 9, 2019, Governorship election in Imo State.
The Imo Diaspora Coalition for Justice and Democracy, in a petition, in which they seek 1,000 signatures, have asked President Trump to place the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko Muhammad, Sylvester Ngwuta, Kudirat Kekekere-Ekun, Olukayode Ariwoola, Amiru Sanusi, Amina Augie, and Uwani Abba-Aji, on “visa ban” or “no fly zone”.
The Apex Court had sacked the Peoples Democratic Party’s, PDP, Candidate in the election, Emeka Ihedioha, and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the APC, as the winner of the March 9, Governorship election in the State.
The group alleged that fake results were added to the total accredited voters in the State, which was 823,743, out of which only 714,355 voted, to now become 928,054 votes.
They therefore, asked the Supreme Court to reverse the judgment, saying: “Nigeria’s legal system allows for the Supreme Court to reverse itself in certain circumstances, including where the judgement was obtained by fraudulent representation, as in the case herein.”
However, another group, the Imo Diasporas Support for Senator Hope Uzodinma 2019, disclosed that they know the former Senator won the election, and had confidence that the Judiciary would rescue the mandate.
In a statement sent from Finland, by the Coordinator, Chief Nnnanna Okere, and made available to Newsmen, in Abuja, the group declared that Uzodinma has all that it takes to transform the State and restore it to its past glory, and in line with the foundation laid by its founding fathers, like the late former Governor of the State, Chief Sam Mbakwe.
On its part, the Alliance for Preservation of Democracy, APD, said that the declaration of Uzodinma as the Governor of the State, is a usurpation of the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Lemmy Ughegbe, who spoke on behalf of others, at a News Conference, on Sunday, in Abuja, said that Nigeria currently stands at judicial crossroads, and warned that if not addressed, that will erode the values of reprieve, justice, and faith, in the Judiciary.