Protesters took over the streets of Owerri, the Imo State capital, Sunday, to challenge the sacking of Emeka Ihedioha by the Supreme Court.
Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was on Tuesday sacked by the apex court which declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the 2019 governorship election winner.
A seven-man panel of the apex court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, unanimously delivered the judgment on Monday.
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, who read the lead judgment, said that the votes due to Senator Uzodinma was unlawfully excluded from the 318 polling units and be added to his total votes.
Justice Kekere-Ekun noted that the submissions of a Principal witness who was on a subpoena to present results held that the lower court was wrong in its ruling.
The judge ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha and directed that a fresh certificate of return be issued to Uzodinma.
She also directed that Uzodinma must be immediately sworn in as governor of the southeast State.
Uzodinma has since started work as the leader of the South-East State following the court’s judgement.
However, hundreds of youths on Sunday marched through the streets of Owerri carrying placards with diverse inscriptions and chanting solidarity songs.
The PDP has also threatened to embark on a protest on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) following the court ruling.
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