- Renowned legal expert, Charles Omole, said the Supreme Court verdict which sacked Ihedioha as Imo governor is in order
- Omole said INEC is to be blamed as the electoral body could not provide its official results to counter the ones provided by Uzodinma in over 300 polling units
- The Supreme Court had accepted the results presented by Uzodinma on the basis of which he was declared as the governor
Dr Charles Omole, a revered legal expert, has blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the controversial Supreme Court verdict which sacked Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state.
Omole in a thread of tweets posted on Friday, January 24, said he arrived at his decision after studying the full judgement of the apex court.
Recall that the Supreme Court had held that INEC unlawfully excluded votes from over 300 polling units, the addition of which made the candidate of the APC, Hope Uzodinma to be declared as the governor of Imo by the court.
Omole said he fully agreed with the Supreme Court verdict that Uzodinma was unfairly treated by the lower courts which had held that his petition lacked merits.
According to the legal expert, INEC should have produced the original result of the votes in the affected polling units if it claimed that the results presented by Uzodinma's witness were fake.
Omole said INEC agreed that voting took place in the affected units but failed to present its official results to counter the ones presented by Uzodinma's witness.
He thanked the Supreme Court "for putting INEC on the spot for doing a terrible job in Imo state."
The legal expert, however, said the apex court should have ordered a fresh election in the state due to the fact that Uzodinma’s results in the 388 polling units is more than total accredited voters at the election.
However, contrary to the legal expert's perspective, the Christian elders in Imo state has claimed that the facts before the people of the state showed that Uzodinma did not win the election.
They thus asked the court to review the ruling.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) asked the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to apologise to Nigerians for organising a protest against the Imo Supreme Court judgment.
The BMO in a statement on Wednesday, January 22, said it was an insult for the PDP to protest against Nigeria’s judiciary, The Nation reports.
The group accused the PDP of being childish for calling on the Supreme Court to reverse its decision on the Imo governorship election.
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