Those calling me ‘Supreme Court gov’ are ignorant – Hope Uzodinma

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Imo State governor Hope Uzodinma has slammed those who refer to him as “Supreme Court Governor”, saying that they are ignorant.

He made the above assertion in an interview on Channels Television’s Hard Copy program.

Uzodinma explains that he emerged as governor through a legitimate process, adding that he was not the first to be favored by a Supreme Court judgement.

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In response to a question on how he feels when people call him a Supreme Court governor, Uzodinma said;,

“It is the height of ignorance because they don’t know what they are saying. There is a reason for the Supreme Court. In the doctrine and principle of democracy, the law expected that there would be grievances and malpractices in the electoral process.

“When this happens, the only legitimate right you have is to seek redress at the court. And of course, the court determines. Remember that this is not the first time, so many elections had held where the candidates went to court and they got justice. So, why will mine be different?

“Human beings voted and the votes were not counted. I went to the Supreme Court and INEC was unable to explain why they did not enter the result. It was a simple judgment. The Supreme Court said INEC was wrong.”

The election of the former governor Emeka Ihedioha was halted by the apex court on January 14, on the ground that he did not score the lawful majority votes in the Imo governorship race.

The court said it arrived at that decision after adding votes scored by Uzodinma in 388 polling units, which showed that he won the race.

It subsequently declared Uzodinma the winner of the election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to give him a Certificate of Return as elected Imo governor.

All efforts by the embattled former governor Emeka Ihedioha to seek a review of the judgment by the apex court turned futile.

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