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Ihedioha’s Appeal Court victory triumph for Imo people, says PDP

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Smarting from the victory of Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha on Tuesday at the Court of Appeal, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the victory as triumph for Imo people.

In a statement yesterday by the Publicity Secretary, Damian Oparah, the party congratulated all the members, supporters and ‘Imolites’ for the feat.The appellate court in Abuja had dismissed the appeals filed by Ihedioha’s co-contestants in the 2019 general elections: Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Uche Nwosu of Action Alliance (AA) and Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“While we specially congratulate the governor for his resilience and good fighting spirit, we wish to also commend the judiciary for serving justice, as the judgement of the Appeal Court, which affirmed the ruling of the tribunal earlier in September, has revalidated the mandate freely given to our dear party and Governor Ihedioha in the March 9 gubernatorial election in the state.“Indeed, this victory is one for Imo people and all lovers of good governance, rule of law, democracy and due process,” the statement read in part.

Reassuring Imo citizens that the victory would bring forth more dividends of democracy to completely rebuild the state, the party extended the olive branch to the litigants and their supporters, urging them to join hands in rebuilding the state.

But dissatisfied by the ruling, Nwosu has directed his legal team to immediately file an appeal at the Supreme Court.In a statement by the Director, Media and Publicity of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu Campaign Organisation, Jones Onwuasanya, yeaterday, the AA candidate held that Ihedioha was holding the mandate illegitimately.

The statement read: “Uche Nwosu has directed his legal team to immediately file an appeal at the Supreme Court, where he is hopeful that the eminent priests and gatekeepers of our laws shall not discountenance this key constitutional loophole in the declaration of Ihedioha as governor-elect.“Instead of determining the key constitutional issue of two-third spread, the tribunal rather ruled that the expert statistician presented as a witness by our legal team did not present any evidence to show that he is a qualified statistician.

“While Ihedioha may have got judgement in his favour this time, we are convinced that he will continue to be haunted by the illegality of the position he presently occupies. The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but its sanctity, we are confident, will eventually be preserved.”Nwosu urged the people of the state and his supporters to remain calm, law-abiding and steadfast.


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