A Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Concerned Nigerians Group, CNG, Sunday, has raise the alarm that using the same panel that gave the judgment on the Imo State governorship election in favour of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Hope Uzodinma, to review the same judgment on Tuesday won’t deliver justice.
The group alleged that the Supreme Court has concluded plans to use the same panel to decide the case.
In a statement sent to Daily Mail on Sunday, and signed by the Convener, Deji Adeyanju, the group berated the apex court for putting itself in a position where citizens would now have to question its judgement, making the revered institution to been seen by Nigerians as fallible.
Daily Mail reports that Nigerian Supreme Court sacked Nigerian main opposition candidate, the PDP in the 2019 general election in Imo, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha for the ruling All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
The group recalled that, Senator hope Uzodinma who came a distant fourth with 96,458 votes with no clear chances of being declared winner was surprisingly declared winner by the Supreme Court.
In the election, INEC had declared Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner with 273,404 votes, ahead of Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) with 190,364, and Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) with 114,676. In a distant fourth was Hope Uzodinma of the APC with 96,458.
The group further stated that they have been reliably informed that the Supreme Court are going to use the same panel that was used to carry out the injustice in the first place to review the judgement.
“They’ve decided to fix both Zamfara and Imo review on Tuesday so they can strike a political balance, and no amount of political Coreectness and expediency can solve the injustice done in Imo where the Supreme Court awarded votes that do not exist to the APC. How can the apex court explain how it awarded votes to Hope Uzodinma of APC beyond number of registered voters and accredited voters in the election?”
“The Supreme Court relied on the supposed fake result sheets that had only APC and PDP on the results sheets when 70 political parties contested the election.”
“The attempt of the apex court to redeem its image by gifting the opposition, Bayelsa state will still not correct the injustice done in Imo. The irreducible minimum the Supreme Court can do in ensuring that justice is done in Imo is to ensure that the mistake done by the judges be corrected especially as regards the numbers that are not adding up,” the group said.