- A photo of Ex-governor Emeka Ihedioha purportedly crying surfaced online after the Supreme Court's verdict sacking him as Imo governor
- The viral photo had been shared by many Nigerians after the surprising judgment
- The government, in a statement, clarified that the picture was taken on Friday, December 20 2019
The outgoing Imo state government has clarified that the viral picture circulating online does not in any way represent the mood of the Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, the immediate past governor of the state, while the Supreme Court Judgment was announced.
The government in a statement clarified that the picture was taken on Friday, December 20 2019, when the then-governor received the body of his departed commissioner for environment, Late Hon. Tony Okere, at the council chambers.
“The state had organized a reception to pay last respect to the commissioner at the executive chambers of Government House, Owerri.
“It is, therefore, wrong to assert that the picture was taken on the day of the Supreme court judgment,” the statement noted.
The picture had gone viral with many sharing it after the controversial Supreme Court judgement that ousted Ihedioha.
Meanwhile, Ihedioha has accused the apex court of subverting the will of the people of the state.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng on Wednesday, January 15, the former governor stated that he was clearly elected by the people of Imo, adding that the mandate given to him by the people of the state has now been truncated and cut short by the Supreme Court.
In a related development, Lady Ebere Ihedioha, the immediate past first lady of Imo state, has reacted to her husband's defeat at the Supreme Court.
Mrs Ihedioha, a former deputy branch head at the Abuja office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, expressed solidarity with her husband in an emotional message posted on her Twitter page, vowing to stand by him as he goes through a difficult phase.
In its reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the ruling as another sad commentary on the nation’s democratic order.
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, lamenting that Ihedioha's progress as governor of Imo state is now being jeopardised as a result of the judgement.
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