The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, on Tuesday said the Supreme Court was misled in sacking Hon Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State.
Secondus, who stated this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, said the PDP and Ihedioha would be presenting the facts before the judges when they resume sitting on the judgement review application on March 2.
The PDP national chairman stated that there were facts that were not presented before the apex court by the All Progressives Congress(APC) and its candidate, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, before the latter was declared the winner of the last governorship election in the state.
He pointed out that if the facts were presented before the justices, there was no way Ihedioha would have been sacked for Uzodinma by the apex court, adding that the party and Ihedioha were not nursing any fears as to whether the Supreme Court would reverse itself on the decision taken.
Secondus added that it was wrong for Uzodinma to claim that the time within which the court was permitted to entertain the case which emanated from election petition had passed.
His words: “We are not going to court for the sake of going there. Our returning to the court is based on justice. It has nothing to do with any technicalities or otherwise. We want the court to know that it was deceived to grant such a relief which was fraudulently obtained by those who asked that our governor be sacked.
“The justices of the Supreme Court are human beings. They could be misled and they were misled. The judgement that removed Ihedioha was fraudulently obtained as could be seen in the papers filed by our candidate at the Supreme Court
“Both Uzodinma and the All Progressives Congress fraudulently misled the Supreme Court into believing that 213,495 votes were unlawfully excluded from the votes they scored in the governorship election, which was held on March 9, 2019
“If the lies told the Supreme Court is allowed to stay, then the total number of votes cast at the election will be more than the total number of votes accredited for the election. This cannot stay. We do not need to set a bad precedent.”
The party chairman further argued that the number of voters accredited for the election was 823,743 while the total valid votes cast was 731,485.
“Therefore, the inclusion of 213,695 votes for both the APC and Uzodinma would make the number of votes cast to be more than the number of accredited number of votes for the election,” he said.
Meanwhile, Secondus has also said there was nothing to fear concerning APC’s application to the apex court to review its judgement on the Bayelsa State governorship election.
He said the swearing-in of the PDP candidate in the governorship election, Sen. Douye Diri is final, adding that the APC and its candidate in the election, David Lyon ought to have known that the ticket of Lyon and his running mate, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo was one.
According to him: So, if one of the candidates, either the governorship or his running mate has issues with the law, both candidates will be affected because it is a joint ticket. That is elementary in politics.”