Buhari Hails Supreme Court Judgment On Imo Governorship

Buhari Hails Supreme Court Judgement On Imo Governorship

Hope Uzodinma/NAN

President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the Supreme Court for the ‘courage and perseverance’ to return Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the March 9, 2019, governorship election in Imo.

The president made the commendation while reacting to Tuesday’s Supreme Court judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of Imo and declared Uzodinma winner.

President Buhari said: “The road to justice may be long and tortuous, but it is the best path for anyone aggrieved.

“Under the new administration, a new journey to build a new Imo with new energy is about to begin. In this outcome, it is the people of Imo State who have emerged victorious.”

In congratulating the new governor, the president urged Uzodinma to promote the ideals of the APC and unite the state by running an inclusive administration.

A seven-man panel of the apex court held that Ihedioha did not win the majority of votes cast.

In the Judgment delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, the court accordingly ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Ihedioha and issue a fresh Certificate of Return to the candidate of the APC on grounds that he won the majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.

The court also ordered the immediate swearing-in of Uzodinma as the lawful winner of the governorship election in Imo.


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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with a special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a through-and-through Chelsea FC fan.


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