The Anambra State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has congratulated Sen. Hope Uzodimma, the candidate of the APC, in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo State, for emerging victorious at the Supreme Court.
The state chairman of the party, Chief Basil Ejidike, in a telephone interview with Tribune Online, on Wednesday, said the victory of the governor-elect in the fold of the ruling APC, has again confirmed that the election that produced the sacked governor, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha was not properly conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, noting that with the judgement, it shows democracy has come to stay in Nigeria’s administrative setting.
We, the leaders, and supporters of the APC rejoice with the good people of Imo State for having a person like Mr Uzodimma, who is capable of giving them quality, responsible and responsive governance in the state.
Chief Ejidike said with the supreme court victory in Imo State, the APC has sent a signal to other political parties especially the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA in Anambra, that it remains the party to beat in the forthcoming 2021 governorship election in the State.
He disclosed that with the unity the party is currently enjoying with the state leaders like, Dr Chris Ngige, Chief George Mogahalu, Chief Johnbosco Onunkwo, Hon. Tony Nwoye, among others, on their contributions to the development of the Anambra state, the chapter is expected to receive about 200,000 supporters from APGA and PDP before the end of January, 2020.
Also, the South-East APC Young Progressive Forum led by Ambassador Otimkpu Paschal Chizoba has congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the 2019 Imo governorship election, Senator Hope Uzodinma on his victory at the Supreme Court.
The group in a statement in Awka, Anambra State Capital also congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State for peacefully retrieving its mandate through the constitutionally-stipulated judicial process and described the ruling as a welcome development, insisting that the declaration of Ihedioha as the winner of the election by INEC was a travesty of justice.
The group said the unanimous decision of the seven-member panel of the highest court in the land has cleared any doubt on the victory of the APC in the election.
He said: “This is a victory for democracy, the rule of law, the APC and the good people of Imo State. It is also a wake-up call to All APC Stakeholders in South East to close rank and rebuild the party for Unity, cohesion and greater service for the Ndi Igbo.
The group said the verdict has affirmed that the Judiciary remains the last hope of the common man.
Tribune Online had reported that the Supreme Court on Tuesday sacked Gov Emeka Ihedioha and declared APC’s Hope Uzodimma as the Governor of Imo State.
It, therefore, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to withdraw the certificate of return from former Governor Emeka Ihedioha and issue Uzodimma with the certificate of return as governor of the state.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun said the votes due to Uzodinma and APC from 318 polling units were wrongly excluded and should be added.