Governorship candidates from Owerri zone in the 2019 governorship election in Imo state have thrown their weight behind the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha.
Ihedioha had approached the Supreme Court asking for a review of the judgement of the apex court which voided his election and handed it to the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate, Hope Uzodinma.
At a news conference in Abuja on Monday, the coalition of the governorship candidates told journalists that there were strong legal and constitutional grounds for the Supreme Court to reverse its decision.
Spokesperson for the coalition, who is also the governorship candidate of the Reform and Advancement party, RAP, in the 2019 general elections, Barrister Okere Nnamdi said two major planks made it necessary for the supreme court to upturn its earlier decision.
The planks are the fact that the decision of the Supreme Court voiding the elections of Emeka Ihedioha occasioned a miscarriage of justice, perpetuates injustice and is contrary to public policy.
He also said that the verdict of the Supreme Court is contrary to the provisions of the 1999 constitution, as amended.
He explained that by giving a candidate from Orlu zone of Imo state the mantle of office as governor, the Supreme Court has unwillingly undermined the federal character principle which is also applicable to the state.
Barrister Nnamdi said that Orlu zone of Imo state has consistently produced governors of the state against the principles of federal character.
He called on the supreme court justices to be mindful of the legal loopholes in the evidence produced by governor Hope Uzodinma and the APC, because according to him, a superior police officer to the one who produced the document upon which the Apex court ruled in the case had himself admitted that the police ‘’do not tabulate results and do not observe entry’’.