- Governor Hope Uzodinma continues to face public backlash since he assumed office as Imo state leader
- The controversial ruling of the Supreme Court seems like a constant issue the Imo governor has to deal with
- A pro-Biafran group has called on the governor to vacate his seat in 14 days time
Biafra Zionists Federation on Tuesday, February 4 has given Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state a14-day ultimatum to vacate office.
The Nation reports that the separatist group gave the ultimatum through its leader, Benjamin Onwuka.
It claimed that Uzodinma is “an impostor who will never enjoy the support of Imo people owing to lack of legitimacy.”
“Our position is that a man who could not win even one local government area cannot preside over the affairs of Imo people,” Onwuka declared.
He declared that “Imo state is part of Biafraland and for that reason, there is no way an impostor would come from nowhere to govern them, insisting that what is happening in Imo state affects every Igbo man.”
“We have it on good authority that Uzodinma was brought in as part of the game plan to actualize the Islamization and Ruga agenda, but it will not stand.
“He has two weeks to vacate that seat and allow the rightful occupier, Emeka Ihedioha serve out his term,” he added.
Onwuka also sounded a note of warning against the defecting Imo lawmakers, stressing that they will pay dearly for their actions.
Meanwhile, a coalition of civil society organisations has called for a United States of America visa ban on all Supreme Court justices over the judgment delivered by the apex court on the Imo state governorship election appeal.
The coalition, Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution, accused the judges of using their position to undermine Nigeria's democracy for political interests.
A petition signed by members of the coalition, Ariyo Dare-Atoye, Deji Adeyanju and Adebayo Raphael and submitted to the US Embassy in Abuja on Thursday, January 23, described the judgment as a terrible miscarriage of justice.
Similarly, some Christian leaders in Imo have declared that they do not believe that Uzodinma won the election and asked the Supreme Court to review the ruling.
Speaking for the leaders, Rt Rev Chidi Oparaojiaku, an Anglican bishop, said the group was shocked that the apex court went contrary to the evidence placed before it.
He said the Christian leaders do not hate Uzodinma, but stated that the process that brought him to the seat of power is questionable.
Ina related development, former Governor Emeka Ihedioha has approached the Supreme Court to seek review of its judgement which sacked him as Imo state governor.
Dr Manzo Abubakar, an associate of Ihedioha, said the decision to approach the apex court will also help deepen the nation’s democracy.
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