Security men tasked with guarding the Imo State Government House have locked up the building, claiming there was an order for them to restrict movement in and out of the arena.
Concise News reports that on Tuesday, Nigeria’s Supreme Court sacked incumbent governor, Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and installed All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Senator Hope Uzodinma as the rightful owner of the people’s mandate.
The seven-man panel led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad unanimously gave the declaration.
They argued that Uzodinma scored the highest number of votes in the election, and that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wrongly announced the PDP candidate winner in the election conducted last year.
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun who delivered the judgment noted that the votes due to Senator Uzodinma were unlawfully excluded from the 318 polling units and should be added to his votes.
Meanwhile, as at the time of publishing this report, this online news medium cannot independently verify who actually ordered the security men to seal the government house.
Following the declaration by the apex court, some motorists parked by the roadsides in groups discussing in low tones.
Julius Nmerenini, a motorist, told NAN, that the verdict was ”most shocking development thus far in 2020.
“I never knew it is possible for a candidate who came fourth in an election to eventually clinch power”.
Miss Nkemdirim Usoro, acresident of Owerri, said: ” We hope that Gov. Uzodinma will continue and complete some of the people-oriented projects which were started by Ihedioha.
”I earnestly pray that he embraces continuity and that he will take Imo to desired heights.”
There was free human and vehicular movements as security agents can be seen on some major streets of Owerri and environs.