By PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called on the new Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma to vacate the state seat of power, aka ‘Douglas House’ insisting that he did not win the governorship election held last year.
The group said that election is not rocket science for a person that came fourth to suddenly become the first.
The apex court had on Tuesday nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as governor of the state and declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress, APC, as the winner the March 9, 2019 governorship election.
According to the unanimous judgement read by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, the apex court agreed tgat results in three hundred and eighty eight polling units were unlawfully excluded in the course of collation of the final election result in the state.
He said that with the addition of the results, Uzodinma polled a majority of the votes cast and ought to have been declared the winner of the said election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Confirming an earlier protest held today (Saturday), by IPOB members in Imo State, the group’s media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful said that the protest was a way of calling the government to order.
He described the Supreme Court ruling that declared Hope Uzodinma as a kangaroo judgement.
He said, “We cannot accept a judgement that declared a fourth position winner of an election. That judgement is a kangaroo judgement and Imo people will not accept it.
“Imo State is our land, it’s a Biafra land. We don’t want Hausa Fulani government here. They should leave our land alone for us.
“If they don’t want Ihedioha as the governor of the State, then they should call for a fresh election, rather than using the court to hijack governance.”