- Atiku Abubakar says the Supreme Court judgment which sacked PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, as governor of Imo state is final
- The former vice president notes that though the decision of the court was unexpected and unpalatable, the rule of law should be followed
- Atiku describes Emeka Ihedioha as a great leader who will overcome the current setback and emerge stronger
Atiku Abubakar has described the Supreme Court judgment which sacked PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, as governor of Imo state as a verdict that must be accepted since the decision of the court is final.
The former vice president in a statement on Wednesday, January 15, noted that though the decision of the court was unexpected and unpalatable, the rule of law should be followed.
He described Emeka Ihedioha as a great leader who would overcome the current setback and emerge stronger.
Atiku stated that he would continue to stand with the PDP in good and bad times and urged the party to continue to be the object of hope that the Nigerian people have for their escape from the challenges facing them.
He urged the people of Imo and the entire Nigerian people not to give in to despair over the verdict, expressing the confidence that Nigeria like other times would overcome what he described as despotic times.
Meanwhile, the PDP has faulted the ruling of the Supreme Court which, on Tuesday, January 14, dismissed the victory of Emeka Ihedioha, as governor of Imo state.
The party, in its official reaction to the judgment, which favoured Hope Uzodimma of the All Progressives Congress (APC), recalled how Ihedioha came fourth at the poll and wondered how such a person could be declared winner.
The PDP lamented that the people's collective destiny had been taken from the governor they chose and handed over to someone and a political party that the residents do not want.
It said Ihedioha's progress as governor of Imo state is now being jeopardised as a result of the judgment.
In another report, Hope Uzodinma, the governor-elect of Imo State, has issued an order directing banks to freeze all accounts belonging to the state government with effect from January 14, 2020.
Leadership reports that the order from Uzodinma instructed all financial institutions and the accountant-general of Imo state, not to honour any transaction from the government of chief Emeka Ihedioha or his officials.
The order was made public by Chief Cosmas Iwu, the director-general, Hope Uzodinma’s Campaign Organisation in a statement.
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