Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has urged his party to accept the judgment of the Supreme Court which nullified the election of Gov.Emeka Ihedioha and declared APC’s Hope Uzodinma as the new governor.
Atiku in his reaction through his official Twitter handle said;
“With regards to the judgment of the Supreme Court, which nullified the election of the candidate of the @OfficialPDPNig, @EmekaIhedioha, as Governor of the state of Imo, I can only say that since the Supreme Court is final, we must accept its judgment.”
Meanwhile the PDP had expressed shock at the judgment.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiya on Tuesday, the PDP said:
“The Party finds it difficult to understand how Senator Hope Uzodinma/APC, who came 4th in the March 9, 2019 governorship election, with just 96,458 votes, will suddenly, by the token of the judgment of the Supreme Court, defeats Gov Emeka Ihedioha/PDP that scored 276,404 votes.
“In fact, the PDP and indeed, most Nigerians are still at a loss as to understand the basis upon which the Supreme Court arrived at its decision.
“The party says it is lamentable that the destiny of the people of Imo state is being taken from the governor they chose and voted for and handed over to individuals and a political party that do not have their blessing and mandate and which they rejected at the election.”
“The people of Imo state are now confronted with the challenge of having a government that they cannot identify with and which cannot connect with them, having not emanated from them.
“Moreover, all the gains, including the development and stability already achieved by the people-based government, under Governor Emeka Ihedioha/PDP administration in the state are now heavily jeopardized.”