The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed surprise over the decision of the Supreme Court on the Imo State governorship election, saying that the judgment does not reflect the wish of the Imo people.
The PDP said this in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, on Tuesday in reaction to the sacking of Emeka Ihedioha, the PDP candidate, as the Imo State Governor by the Supreme Court.
In a unanimous decision, the seven-man panel led by Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, held that all votes allotted to Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 318 polling units were unlawfully excluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The apex court held that the governorship tribunal and the Supreme Court erred in law when it rejected evidence tendered before them regarding the exclusion of votes.
But the PDP described the judgment as “yet another very sad commentary on the nation’s democratic order”.
According to the major opposition party, it is still confused as to how Uzodinma was declared winner of the election despite reportedly polling lower votes than Ihedioha.
“The party finds it difficult to understand how Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, who came 4th in the March 9, 2019 governorship election, with just 96,458 votes, will suddenly, by the token of the judgment of the Supreme Court, defeat Chief Emeka Ihedioha/PDP who scored 276,404 votes.
“In fact, the PDP and indeed, most Nigerians are still at a loss as to understand the basis upon which the Supreme Court arrived at its decision.
“The party says it is lamentable that the destiny of the people of Imo state is being taken from the governor they chose and voted for and handed over to individuals and a political party that do not have their blessing and mandate and which they rejected at the election.”
The PDP decried that the apex court judgment has propelled a party and a government which was not voted for by the people in the poll, as well as destabilised all the nearly eight months of stability and achievements accomplished by the now voided Ihedioha administration.
The party claimed that the mournful ambience that now pervades Imo State is a “loud testimony that the judgment did not reflect the expectation of the people of as expressed at the polls”.
It, however, asked its members to remain claim, reminding them the Supreme Court if the final arbiter in the land.
“While recognising that the judgment of the Supreme Court is final, the PDP, however, urges all party stakeholders in the state to remain united and calm, and await further instruction from the national leadership on this very sad development,” the statement read.