Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state have taken to the streets to protest the judgment of the Supreme Court on the appeal against the victory of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo state at the polls.
The party members including men and women took to the streets on Sunday, January 19, to described the annulment of Ihedioha’s victory as a fraud.
Daily Trust reports that the chairman of the faction backed by the national leadership of PDP, Sikirulai Ogundele, led aggrieved members of the party in a demonstration in Abeokuta.
The protesters demanded a review and reversal of the Supreme Court judgement in the interest of justice.
Chanting several solidarity songs, the party members with their placards showed inscriptions like: “IMO judgement is a fraud,” “Our judicial system is not a department of the APC”, “Stop robbing PDP of its mandate,” “Stop influencing the judiciary”, ” Stop compromising our judiciary, ” and “Ogun PDP says no to injustice,” among many others.
Speaking during the protest, the chairman of the party said the Supreme Court’s decision on Imo state’s governorship status is a misplacement, miscarriage and misuse of the judicial process.
Ogundele alleged that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Tanko, is bias and compromised.
While appealing on the government to ensure the Supreme Court deliver unbiased judgement on gubernatorial elections as it affects Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi and other states, Ogundele called on the FG to set up a panel with a view to reviewing and reversing the judgement.
Ogundele said: “We saw it as a threat to the nascent democracy of this country. So, we are reacting; we are unequivocally condemning that judgement; that it is unacceptable.”
“The federal government should call a judicial panel to look into that case of Imo and give us the correct judgement. Our demand is that they should reverse that judgement through another judicial panel,” Ogundele added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that PDP in its official statement from the party’s national secretariat said the Supreme Court under CJN Tanko has been compromised.
The party national chairman, Uche Secondus, also called for an immediate review and reversal of the decision of the apex court.
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