IMO JUDGMENT: THREAT TO DEMOCRACY- ONUIGBO
AS PDP ABIA HOLDS PROTEST RALLY.
In compliance with the directive of the National Working Committee of the People’s Democratic Party, the Abia state chapter of the party has held a peaceful demonstration to show its displeasure over the recent judgement of the apex court on the Imo gubernatorial election of March, 2019.
The Supreme Court had on the 14th day of January sacked Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo and declared Hope Uzodinma winner of the said election.
Hope Uzodinma has since assumed office while Nigerians run commentaries on the controversial judgement.
The Abia State PDP chairman, Johnson Onuigbo described the judgment as an attempt to destroy the nation’s democracy.
“The Supreme Court Judgement is an attempt to destroy our nascent democracy,” he said.
He told some party officials and members who had gathered for the protest rally that the national body had at a meeting recently mandated state chapters to organise demonstrations to register their disgust at the pronouncement of the apex court.
The PDP as a party believes the supreme Court can reverse the judgment it gave for the sake of posterity.
Onuigbo told journalists during the march that the supreme Court appeared to have acted under pressure which was why they postponed the initial judgement date from 13th to 14th.
According to him, the judgment is injurious to democracy.
He said despite the unfavourable ruling, the party still has faith in the court and urged the apex court to reverse the judgment.
In his words “We are not pleading , but demanding that justice must be done, injustice to one is injustice to all.
It is not about Imo but our democracy.”
The chairman further urged president Buhari to allow the judiciary function independently to save Nigeria from “international embarrassment “.
The party chairman also said he realised that the judges are humans with frailties and enjoined them to correct the anomaly.