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Imo PDP faults Ihedioha’s removal, insists on protest


Says Supreme Court Verdict Atrocious
• Urges Members To Remain Calm
• Police Issue Strict Warning Over Tomorrow’s Demonstration

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has described the Supreme Court judgment, which ousted Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state, as “atrocious, unbelievable, ridiculous and annihilation of democracy.” 

In a statement by Imo PDP spokesman, Damian Opara, after the party’s State Executive Council (SEC) met in Owerri, yesterday, the party questioned the rationale for replacing Ihedioha with Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the apex court.

Meanwhile, the party has insisted that there is no going back on the proposed protest billed to hold tomorrow in the state.

Speaking to The Guardian in Owerri, yesterday, Opara said the protest was in obedience to the decision reached by the national body of the party to register their feelings against the judgment

The earlier statement said: “The party finds it difficult to understand how the Supreme Court arrived at its verdict, even to the point that the seven panelists, who sat on the petition gave a unanimous judgment. 

“It is shocking the Supreme Court by its judgment said that all the votes from the alleged 388 polling units were for the APC alone, in an election that was contested by over 60 candidates.

“The PDP, Imo State Chapter, therefore, resolves that it does not agree with the judgment, as it is unfair, unjust and provocative.”

The party, however, advised its teeming members and supporters to remain law-abiding, “in the face of this  adversity and extreme provocation, and to be united, resilient and be more committed to the party in this trying moment.”

The party’s state Elders Committee, led by Chief  Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, also cautioned that despite the judgment, “nobody should resort to any act of lawlessness.”

Meanwhile, the State Police Command has warned that it would not hesitate to apprehend any person (s) who would use the said protest to commit any act capable of breaching the peace, law, and order in the state.

The Command’s spokesman, Orlando Ikeokwu insisted that such protest must be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the laws.

“In view of the above, the Command wishes to warn all persons, who wish to protest against any genuine grievance to do so in accordance with the provisions of the law, as the Command will not tolerate any act or action(s) that is likely to cause breach of peace. Members of the public are advised to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation as arrangements are in place to ensure safety and security of all and sundry please.”

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