VIDEO: Singer Charlie Boy Leads Protest Against Imo Supreme Court Judgement

 

Singer, Charles Oputa, fondly called Charlie Boy, on Wednesday, led a protest against the Supreme Court Judgement on the Imo State Governorship election.

The apex court had in January sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), replacing him with Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 2019 election.

Charlie Boy alongside the protesters under the umbrella of the Imo Concerned Citizens gathered at the Ekwema Square in Owerri, the Imo capital, demanding the reversal of the court’s judgement sacking Emeka Ihedioha as the leader of the South-East State.

According to them, the court must reverse the judgment in Imo State which they described as injustice against the people.

They insisted they would continue the protest until the court reviews the judgement in favour of the PDP.

Operatives of the Department of States Services (DSS), however, prevented a clash between the PDP and APC supporters during the protest.

While reacting to the development, Ihedioha in a tweet on his verified handle, hailed the protesters, calling on them not to relent until justice is served.

 

“Today, concerned citizens of our State took to the streets yet again to carry on with their demand for justice,” he tweeted.

“I encourage our people to continue to be peaceful and law abiding, as we remain firm in our resolve to strengthen our democracy.

“Imo Bu Nke Anyi,” Ihedioha tweeted.

Imo Tribunal: Court Dismisses Petition Against Okorocha’s Victory

imo tribunalThe Imo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha, challenging the victory of Governor Rochas Okorocha in the last Governorship election.

Delivering the judgment at the tribunal sitting in Owerri, the capital of the state, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice David Wyom, dismissed the petition on the grounds that the petitioner abandoned their petition, having failed to pay for the pre-hearing notice within seven days, as stipulated in paragraph 18 (1) of the rule guiding election petition proceedings.

Justice Wyom further stated that the petitioner applied on June 23, but failed to make payment for the pre-hearing notice until July 3, which was outside the seven days provided by law and on the strength of the Supreme Court authority on this issue.

“The validity of the process starts from when the pre-hearing notice payment was made and not when it was applied which in turn means the petitioner paid out of time but applied within time,” Justice Wyom stated.

Earlier in court, counsel to Governor Rochas Okorocha and the All Progressives Congress, Adeniyi Akintola, moved a motion for the tribunal to dismiss the petition of the petitioner on the grounds that they had abandoned their petition, having paid out of the stipulated time.

While addressing reporters after the judgement, Adeniyi Akintola said he saw the loophole in their petition and hinged on it.

He stressed that the judgement made would enrich the judicial jurisprudence in Nigeria.

On his path, the counsel to Honourable Emeka Ihedioha, Mike Ahamba, stated that, as a senior lawyer, he was embarrassed by the ruling.

“The work abandonment has lost its meaning if a petition that has gone through pre-hearing session in which all parties participated can now be described as abandon in other words, the tribunal has overruled the Supreme Court order on this issue,” he said.

He further stated that his client had concluded plans to appeal the judgement at the Court of Appeal.

PDP Reiterates Commitment To Reclaiming Power From APC

PDP Reiterates Commitment To Reclaim Power From APCThe Post Elections Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reiterated the party’s determination to reclaim power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.

The declaration is coming after the PDP which is now the opposition party, lost power to the ruling APC in the March 28 presidential election.

The opposition also lost both leaderships of the Upper and Lower Chambers of the National Assembly to the APC, as well as some governorship seats in the April 11 elections.

At a forum with North-central members of the PDP on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, the Chairman of the North-Central Sub-Committee of the PDP, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha, restated commitment to correcting the party’s poor performance at the 2015 general elections.

Honourable Ihedioha further urged the PDP members to ensure that the mistakes that led to the party’s poor performance in the past elections were corrected to reposition the party for future victory.

The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives also observed that the party could not afford to lose in some states’ elections, including the Kogi State governorship election which would hold in 2016.