Atiku reacts to Supreme Court verdict on Imo State election
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged the ousted governor Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take the judgement of the Supreme Court, which declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Hope Uzodinma as the winner of Imo State governorship election in good faith
The 7-man Supreme Court judges in a unanimous judgement read by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun on Tuesday, declared that Uzodinma was validly elected even when official results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had placed him in fourth position. This decision nullified the election of Ihedioha.
Atiku in a statement he personally signed and issued on Wednesday, said despite how unexpected and unpalatable that verdict may be, it is the final decision.
“With regards to the judgment of the Supreme Court, which nullified the election of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Emeka Ihedioha, as Governor of Imo state, I can only say that since the Supreme Court is final, we must accept its judgment, however unexpected and unpalatable it may be. The Rule of law must guide our paths even if logic sheds light on a different path.
“Having said that, let me state unequivocally that I solidarise with Emeka Ihedioha, a man I know to be a great leader of men and resources. In the fullness of time, I am convinced that he will overcome this setback and emerge stronger,” Atiku said.
The Waziri Adamawa also expressed his solidarity with the PDP, adding that in good and bad times, the party must continue to be the object of hope that the Nigerian people have for their escape from the “prevailing despotism and despair” that has gripped almost every aspect of our national life.
“We provided genuine democracy for this nation once before, and I believe it is our destiny to democratically restore what has been lost due to the encroachment of anti democratic agents.
“Philosophers have said that tough times never last, but that tough people do. I urge the people of Imo and the entirety of the Nigerian people not to give in to despair. This nation has gone through despotic times before, and we have survived them and thrived. I am very certain that this history will repeat itself.
“My greatest desire, and one I hope to see again in my lifetime, is that Nigeria will fulfil its potential as the land of Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress. These four ideals have been missing from our borders for a while, and all freedom loving Nigerians ought to henceforth work together to bring them back. So help us God,” the statement said.
Innocent Odoh, Abuja