Ihedioha Vs Uzodinma: A Plot To Foist Another Travesty On Imo People Uncovered; By Kenneth Umobi

There seems to be no end to the controversy generated by the January 14, 2020, Imo State Guber Supreme Court judgement. 
This is as a result of reliable feelers we are getting on the March 2, 2020, Imo State Guber Supreme Court judgement review. A source close to the All Progressives Congress, APC, hierarchy has revealed to us a plot to arm-twist the Supreme Court, to order a rerun in the controversial 388 polling units where the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had maintained that elections did not take place.
Recall, that INEC had tendered Form EC 40G before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, the Court of Appeal, and even the Supreme Court, showing that there were no elections in those polling units. But it was surprising to reasonable Nigerians, that the Supreme Court ignored INEC’s submission and went ahead and allocated 213,696 votes from these units to Senator Hope Uzodinma, who came a distant fourth in the elections. The Supreme Court does not have the constitutional powers to allocate votes to Candidates in an election.
The allocation of these votes increased the total number of accredited voters as published by INEC to 945,180, which is 121,437 votes higher than the 823,743 released by INEC. This is clearly a case of over voting. This also is in addition to the fact that the results of the 388 polling units were apparently wrongfully admitted, as it was tendered by a Policeman, who is not an INEC Official.

The law says only INEC Officials who participated in the very election in dispute, are legally allowed to tender result sheets of the polling units where they worked. However, the Supreme Court also ignored these glaring discrepancies, and went ahead to declare Uzodinma winner.

According to our source, the APC are mindful of the controversy the flawed judgment had generated both within and outside the country, and as a result have devised a subtle strategy to arm-twist the Supreme Court Justices to give them a soft landing, by ordering a rerun in the 388 polling units. In that way, they hope to avoid the imminent sanctions that may follow from the US, EU, and the International Community, should the judgement go otherwise.
However, some prominent Lawyers are of the opinion that declaring a rerun would be a worse injustice than the earlier judgement. This according to them, is based on several cogent reasons, which include the fact that the Supreme Court had in an earlier judgement ruled that Hon. Uche Nwosu was the authentic APC Candidate, in the March 9, 2019, Governorship election. However, he was disqualified for double nomination, since he was also nominated by the Action Alliance, AA, as their Candidate.
The connotation of this judgement, is that the APC never fielded any Candidate in that election. 
Therefore, on what bases will the Supreme Court order a rerun when the Respondent (Uzodinma), was not a Candidate in the election? However, we were also reliably informed by our source that the APC are desperate to retain a State in the South-East, and would try every means possible to pressure the Supreme Court to order a rerun at all cost.
According our source, this accounts for the reason Uzodinma visited President Muhammadu Buhari recently, to request for a refund of N32 billion, which he claimed his predecessor and political Ally, ex-Gov. Rochas Okorocha, expended on Federal projects in the State. The actual plan is that as soon as the Supreme Court orders a rerun, the Federal Government would release about N10 billion to Uzodinma, which he will use to fund the rerun election. With N10 billion in his war chest, the APC is confident that they would stampede the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and retain their control over the State.
Nonetheless, many political pundits have advised against the Supreme Court allowing the APC to further drag the noble Judiciary in to the pit of ignominy, by giving another controversial judgement. They opined that it is pertinent for the Supreme Court to consider the local and international tension which was occasioned by the last judgement, and reverse same, so as to douse the tension. Stressing that in failing to do the right thing, the Supreme Court may trigger a national and international crisis of high magnitude, which Nigeria may not recover from.

They also advised the Supreme Court to refer to late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa’s remark, that the Supreme Court, though infallible, is still comprised of men who are fallible, and as a result, prone to mistakes. Oputa also counselled that it is the duty of the Supreme Court to correct such mistakes when identified, in order not to legalise what is unlawful. Consequently, it is fit and proper for the Supreme Court to take the path of honour, and seize this second chance to redeem its badly damaged image, and save the country further embarrassment, before it is too late.

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