The January 20, 2020 Supreme Court Judgement on March 2019 Imo State Governorship Election is one that many Nigerians will live to remember. It was in deed, a day that millions of Nigerians were thrown into shock due to what has been described by many as a miscarriage of justice. It is no news to us that the Candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) for the election, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha was declared the winner of that particular election after pulling the highest number of valid votes cast, and was subsequently sworn in to office in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The election which was keenly contested had the Candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Ugwumba Nwosu as the runner up, While the APGA candidate, Senate Ifeanyi Ararume finished in 3rd position, with the All Progressives Congress (APC) finishing in a distant 4th even though the party's primary was still a subject of litigations. Finally in November 2019, the Supreme Court in a suit between Uche Nwosu and Senator Hope Uzodinma over the APC ticket, ruled that Uche Nwosu who had already defected to AA, is the lawfully nominated candidate of the APC.
Following the ruling on APC candidature, Uche Nwosu was disqualified for having the nomination of two political parties for the same election, thus disqualifying both parties. With this judgement in mind, many were shocked when on January 20, 2020, the Apex Court ruled in favour of a candidate that was not validly nominated if we are to go by their own judgment. The ground for this judgement being that he had his votes unlawfully excluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The judgement as expected, raised questions as to how a party that its Candidate was disqualified could have won the same election, and also how a person that lost his candidature to the disqualified Uche Nwosu eventually became the winner of the election in which he was legally not part of. Objections were equally raised on the allocated figures as most exceeded the total number of registered voters in that particular polling units. However, the final Court of Arbitration in the land has decided, and nothing else can be done.
Since this judgement was delivered and Emeka Ihedioha removed on the 20th of January, 2020, his removal still remains fresh in the heart of many Imolites. Although everyone has moved on, with all eyes now on the next Governorship election, the removal of Ihedioha will never be forgotten in a hurry for two obvious reasons. First, the unanswered questions that surrounds the judgement of January 20, 2020. Secondly, the current situation of things in Imo State in terms of insecurity and Salaries of Civil Servants.
The few months of Ihedioha's administration in Imo State can be argued to have brought renewed spirit in the State, while also restoring the hope of the common man. Imo State undoubtedly experienced tremendous changes within a few months. However, since he was removed by a Supreme Court's judgment, Imo State has never remained the same again. Insecurity and protests over unpaid salaries have returned to the State. With all these, the memories of Ihedioha's few months administration have continued to flashback in the minds of many who still recounts the achievements of his shortlived administration.
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