The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is lamentable that the destiny of the people of Imo state is being taken from the governor they chose.
The opposition party in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyanm its National Publicity Secretary expressed surprise at the judgment of the Supreme Court judgement that sacked Emeka Ihedioha and declared Hope Uzodinma as duly elected governor describing it as yet another unfortunate commentary on our nation’s democratic order.
“The Party finds it difficult to understand how Senator Hope Uzodinma/APC, 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 Gov Emeka Ihedioha/PDP that scored 276,404 votes.
“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.”
PDP also stated that the people of Imo state are now confronted with the challenge of having a government that they cannot identify with and which cannot connect with them, having not emanated from them.
The party also pointed out that with the recent development, the gains, including the development and stability already achieved by the people-based government, under Ihedioha and the PDP administration in the state are now heavily jeopardised.
“Indeed, the mournful and despondent ambience that now pervades in Imo state is a loud testimony that the judgment did not reflect the expectation of the people of Imo state as expressed at the polls.
“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.”