Hope Uzodinma Optimistic that supreme court will not reverse its Judgement that brought him to office

  • Zino Magazine
  • February 1, 2020
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Imo state governor Hope Uzodinma has stated that he is hopeful that the supreme court will not overturn its jugdement that declared him governor of Imo state, the supreme court had on January 14 declared Hope Uzodinma winner of the gubernatorial election held in the state on March 9 2019.

According to the apex court,  it arrived at that decision after adding votes scored by Uzodinma in 388 polling units, to the figure he had previously which showed that he clearly won in the election.

He was thereafter declared winner of that election and the court ordered the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to give him a certificate of return as the elected governor of Imo state.

His  predecessor Emeka Ihedioha who was sacked by the court had vowed to return to the Supreme Court with a view to seeking a review of the judgment that removed him from office.

Speaking on the issue, Uzodinma who was in Abuja to meet with President Buhari told  State House correspondents that the  matter was already “a concluded case”.

“I am not disturbed by the PDP’s move to seek a review of the judgment. I am not concerned because I believe they are going back to the Supreme Court based on falsehood because the number of accredited votes outside the excluded votes is what they are talking about.

“But, if you are going to court, you must go to court to discuss or talk about the number of accredited votes including the excluded polling units. If you compute the number of accredited votes inclusive of the excluded voters, the figures are correct.

“We went to court with an issue of exclusion; we didn’t go to court complaining about election malpractices, violence and all of that. So, it is a peculiar case.

“My case can be likened to that of Jim Nwobodo vs Onoh and Omoboriowo vs Ajasin – It is the position of the Supreme Court that where an election has been announced at a polling unit, INEC is bound to collect the result and enter the results into the Form EC 8B.

“So, let INEC tell us what happened; I’m a lawmaker and I participated in the amendment of the Electoral Act. Election petitions are timed.

“As far as I’m concerned, the 60 days left for Supreme Court to look into that matter has expired. I’m not a lawyer but with my little knowledge of law making, I understand what is in the Electoral Act.”

The new governor promised Imolites that they were in for better days as his administration will fare better, he particularly promised Imo workers that there are more goodies on the way for them.

“For 12 years, no governor visited the civil service secretariat, I was there two days ago and water has not been available to the secretariat for the past nine years.

“Two days after my visit, water is running there now. They have been re-connected to electricity and the generators are being worked on now.

“So, my mandate is about the people and my government will just be about the people and by the grace of God, I will not disappoint their expectations.

“I am sure they will see good governance from a man with experience, working in consultations with political stakeholders in the state. I think we can do it differently and the narrative will be acceptable to the people,’’ he concluded.

He was accompanied on the visit by the National chairman of the All Progressives Congress Adams Oshiomohle.

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