The Oasis Reporters
January 22, 2020
With the angst all over Nigeria as a result of Nigeria’s Supreme Court judges unanimously handing over the governorship of Imo State to fourth placed runner-up using votes many deem fictitious, which was actually far above the number of accredited voters, the embarrassment of the judges seemed complete. 20/1 2020 was a day set aside for deciding the winners in the gubernatorial election petitions in Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi and Plateau State.
While the Court was sitting, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commenced it’s planned demonstration in Abuja with the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus and former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi leading other party chieftains.
The protest was called, among others, to show displeasure over the Supreme Court’s judgement voiding the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP as the Imo State Governor.
Also present in the protest are the Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, former Imo State Governor, Achike Udenwa, former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka among others.
The demonstration, which took off from Legacy House, Maitama, passed through some major streets in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, according to the Nigerian Tribune.
One noticeable outcome was that the Supreme Court affirmed all the election cases before it. Two for the APC (Kano’s Ganduje and Plateau’s Lalong), and two also for the PDP ( Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State).
While many recall the Supreme Court verdict on the election held in Osun State which the PDP was set to win but the APC suddenly won at the Supreme Court, Imo people are not keeping quiet over the award of the governorship seat to Uzodinma. Imo State citizens abroad have petitioned President Donald Trump of the United States of America, seeking visa ban on Nigeria’s Supreme Court Justices.
Ndi Imo abroad under the aegis of Imo Diaspora Coalition for Justice and Democracy did the petitioning to United States President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over last week’s controversial judgement by the Nigerian Supreme Court removing Governor Emeka Ihedioha and replacing him with Hope Uzodinma.
The coalition in the petition which has gone viral faulted the verdict as illogical and requested a visa ban on those who delivered it. The petitioners in their statement, announced that they have set a goal to get 1,000 signatures by Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
The petition reads:
“Dear President Trump,
“Nigeria’s Disgraceful Partisan Supreme Court Must Reverse Her Recent Perverted Ruling or Be Placed on Visa Ban or no Fly List, Including Members of their Immediate Families.
“The Nigeria’s Supreme Court recently in what has been described as a “judicial coup”, overturned the landslide Imo State Governorship electoral mandate, given to Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and handed victory to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Party candidate, Hope Uzodinma, who came a distant fourth position in the election. Imo State is a totally Christian State!
“On March 9, 2019, during Nigeria’s gubernatorial elections held in Imo State Nigeria, the incumbent APC Party candidate, Hope Uzodinma lost in this highly Christians concentrated enclave to a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidate, former Speaker of the National House of Representatives Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha, a Knight of the Order of St. Christopher of the Anglican Communion, and three others. According to official figures of the electoral umpire – the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the results were as follows;
1. Accredited voters is = 823,743.
2. The total valid votes cast is = 714,355
3. Rejected votes = 25,130
4. Total votes cast (Line 2 Plus 3) is = 739,485
The top four candidates received the following number of votes:
5. Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha (People’s Democratic Party-PDP) = 273,404 votes
6. Mr Uche Nwosu (Action Alliance – AA) = 190,364 votes
7. Ifeanyi Ararume (All Progressives Grand Alliance – APGA) = 114,676 votes
8. Hope Uzodinma (All Progressives Congress – APC “Moslem Party”) = 96,458 votes
“On the basis of the above the INEC declared Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha the winner. However, thereafter all the losers went to court, with Hon Ihedioha sustaining his win at the tribunal, and again at the Appeal Court. Then at the Supreme Court something strange and yet inexplicable happened, the Supreme Court accepted previously tendered and INEC rejected 213,699 votes from Mr Hope Uzodinma, the fourth placed candidate which was adjudged to be fake and unreliable by the trial Tribunal and concurred by the Court of Appeal.
“They added these fake votes to the official INEC declared votes for him of 96,458 to give Mr Uzodinma the winning votes of 310,153.
“But in a haste to gain foothold in this Christian enclave of Imo State, through their proxy Mr Uzodinma (a notorious character who had been indicted by a Presidential Task Force on fraud for diverting over $11m meant for dredging a government sea port channel and currently has a bench warrant for his arrest issued by an Abuja Magistrate Court for issuance of N200 million naira dud cheque amongst other criminal infractions) they forgot simple Arithmetic.
“When that whole fake results were added without adjustment to other figures, it brought the total votes cast to 928,054 , which is not only higher than INEC declared total valid votes cast of 714,355 but the total number of accredited voters of 823,743 for the election. Yet, the Supreme Court in a bizarre judgment awarded more votes to the fourth placed candidate, that inflated total votes cast above the number of voters, and made him the winner. When confronted in private, two of the justices said, “We were under instructions”.
“Nigeria legal system allows for Supreme Court to reverse itself in certain circumstances including where the judgement was obtained by fraudulent representations as in the case herein.
“It is based on these that we are calling on the partisan-agenda driven Nigeria’s Supreme court to review and reverse their decision, within ten days, or be sanctioned alongside their immediate families with visa ban and/or put on international No-fly list.
“The compromised Justices who delivered this atrocious ruling and who we demand sanctioned, if they fail to reverse their fraudulent judgement are
“Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad,
“Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun,
“Justice Sylvester Ngwuta,
“Justice Olukayode Ariwoola,
“Justice Aminu Sanusi, Amina Augie, and
“Justice Uwani Abba-Aji.
“We need your intervention Mr. President!
The petition was signed by the following:
Eddie Oparaoji; Matthew Mbanaja; Chijike Ndukwu; Chiwuikem Ihediwa; Adaugo Vivian Agwuocha; Hyacinth Nwachukwu; Jerry Uchechukwu; Joy Mmegwa; Anyanwu Benedict; Benson Ifeanyi; Kelechi Eberechi; AIhetuge Paschal; Ntim Jonathan; Nneoma Jonathan; Festus Nnodim; Patricia Ndubuisi; Uchenna Nomso; Chidiebere Madumere; Noble Ndubuisi; Flavius Ndubuisi; Goodness Nwafor; Eusebius Emereole; Calista Nnadi; Victor Chikere; Petrus Onyeokoro; Ugochukwu Nwanna; Michael Ishiguzo; Stan Ogadinma; Amam Nwaopara; Ejike Ozoemena; Zeph Achilonu; Isidore Nwoko; Basil Ugwo; Chima Ozioma; Marcel Njoku; Lucky Toochukwu; Ken Obijuru; Emeka Ebiringa; Paul Nwankwo; Michael Izundu; Joshua Ohanu; Christopher Ihekaire; Stella Amanze; Judith Ahamefule; Silas Etoh; Flavor Onyakachi; Luke Chilaka; Chinonso Udeze; Canice Onu; Charles Umudim; Obasi Agwulonu; Nathan Nkemakolam; Vitus Gozie; Bartholomew Akachi; Thomas Abara; Nwada Akanegbu; Kelechi Wilson; Chizoma Samuel; Enyinna Azuogu; Nnenna Onuoha; Austin Ibeawuchi; Obi Chetachi; Fidelis Okoronkwo; Alphonsus Madubuchi; Daniel Uka; Lawrence Unachukwu; Helen Nwachukwu; Philomena Ogbuja; Deborah Opara; Declan Agwulonu; Polycarp Ejekam; Suzanna Ikeh; Ekene Dimkpa; Stephen Ejiogu; Magellan Ebomuche; David Aso; Damian Ukaga; Kyrian Asoluka; Peter Ezeude; Joseph Okwu; Tunde Ibekwe; Nwalozie Obinna; Ahunna Chidebere; Chinedu Chiedozie; Esther Nweze; Bentley Ogbonna; Thed Clement; Chizoba Nwuzor; Nosike Ebirim; Uchenne Chimezie; Gabriel. C. Madu; Kings Nnaji; Chinemerem Daniel Owuliri; Anthony Egbuhuzor; Robert Unegbu; Eddie Eze Ojukwu; Olelewe Nwamaka; Godwin Osuagwu; James Osuagwu; Charles Ihejirika; Donatus O. Ekeanyanwu; Kate Nwaete-Nwanedo; Patrick Iroegbu; Charlie Ogbuehi; Ibeh Tobechukwu Cynthia; Ndukwu Prisca; Chuks Ikedigwe; Chimaeze Amadi; Prince Ferdinand Alilonu; Moses Ohaegbuchi; Anne Nkwocha; Colman Ejerenwa; Njoku Obioma; Esther Anosike; Olivia Anyanwu; Bismarck Njoku; Austin Ifeanyi; Anad Daberechi Ezebunwa; Chisom Ezebunwa; Zara Blessing; Eburuche John; Ogechi Ugwo; and Julius Udekwe.
On his part, former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi said: “I am appealing to the judiciary to save this country. What happened in Imo State is enough to kill our democracy. Let us ensure that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man. APC, please, do not kill this democracy.”