- The opposition PDP has commenced its planned protest in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
- The party is protesting the Supreme Court judgment which sacked Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state
- Led by Uche Secondus and other principal members, the focus of the PDP's protest is to prevail on the Supreme Court to reverse the judgement
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kickstarted its scheduled protest in Abuja in the early hours of Monday, January 20.
The party's national chairman, Uche Secondus, Atiku Abubakar's running mate in the 2019 presidential election, Peter Obi, and other principal members are part of the ongoing massive protest.
The opposition party in a post shared on its official Twitter page said the Supreme Court must reverse the judgement on Imo state's governorship election which sacked its candidate, Emeka Ihedioha and declared the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s candidate, Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of the state.
The party had during its National Executive Council's meeting on Friday, January 17, called for the protest against the judgment of the Supreme Court ruling in Imo state.
The call was proposed by the PDP's national chairman, Secondus, who said that the mandate of Ihedioha was stolen.
Secondus described as a miscarriage of justice the declaration of Uzodinma as the winner of the last gubernatorial election in the state.
In his earlier reaction, Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labour and productivity faulted the plan by the PDP to protest over the Supreme Court judgment.
Keyamo in a tweet on Saturday, January 18, said the scheduled protest by the PDP implies that the party does not expect to lose any case.
He stated that the PDP’s idea of justice was expecting the APC to lose.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria police force had also warned the PDP not to allow its protest to lead to violence.
The Imo state police command in a statement on Saturday, January 18, said while it was the right of every individual or group to protest about any issue, such protest must be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the law.
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