- Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi advises Hope Uzodimma after the latter's victory at the Supreme Court in the battle over Imo governorship election
- Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun also congratulates the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari over the victory in Imo
- Minister Festus Keyamo reminds Nigerians that the same Supreme Court which ruled against APC in Zamfara has now ruled against the PDP in Imo
Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, calls the Supreme Court judgement a victory for democracy
Reactions have begun trailing the loss suffered by Emeka Ihedioha of Imo at the Supreme Court which, on Tuesday, January 14, delivered judgement on the governorship election in the state.
The court booted out Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi said the Supreme Court was just in its judgement.
Speaking through his spokesperson, Onogwu Muhammed, the governor called the judiciary a great arm of government that has the interest of the country in its focus.
He described Uzodimma as an APC member that worked for the party.
According to him, the governors on the platform of the APC are happy there is an addition to their fold.
“With this Supreme Court verdict, you are the governor of all the Imolites irrespective of political affiliations,” Bello said.
His counterpart in Osun, Gboyega Oyetola, also congratulated Uzodimma over the victory he recorded at the Supreme Court.
Oyetola also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC family.
On his part, the deputy president of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, described the development as victory for democracy and an affirmation that the judiciary remains the last hope of the common man.
In a personally signed statement, Omo-Agege said no matter how long it takes, the light would always shine over darkness.
“Your victory and that of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) is a clear indication that no matter how long it takes, light will always prevail over darkness.
"By reclaiming Imo state, I am optimistic that our party, the APC, will clinch more states not only in the south east geopolitical zone but also in the south south in the 2023 governorship elections,” Omo-Agege said.
The minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo, who also reacted, said: “The same revered and exalted Supreme Court of Nigeria that nullified APC’s victory in Zamfara state has affirmed the victory of APC in Imo state.
“That is judicial neutrality at its very best. I quickly dropped this here before our usual bad losers begin to cry foul & change the narrative.”
Legit.ng earlier reported how the Supreme Court sent the sitting Ihedioha away from the seat.
In his place, the apex court declared Hope Uzodimma as the authentic winner of the 2019 governorship election in the state.
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