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Imo Judgement: Tambuwal expresses hope in Ihedioha petition

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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has expressed the hope that the petition former Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha filed at the Supreme Court has merit.

Last week, Ihedioha approached the apex court over what he called contentious issues in its verdict in the Imo State governorship election petition.

The apex court, in a January 14, 2020 judgment, sacked Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Hope Uzodinma, as winner of the election.

But Tambuwal told reporters in Abuja on Monday that he was hopeful the Supreme Court would take a second look at the judgment with a view to reversing its decision.

The governor also said the PDP Governors’ Forum would support Ihedioha’s pursuit of justice.

He said: “Of course, I can confirm to you that Emeka Ihedioha is re-approaching the Supreme Court for a review of the last judgment on the Imo election.

“We are all ready to support him and back him as a party and as a forum. We are very sure that by the time the Supreme Court really takes a second look at the matter, there may be some change in its position.

“So, we are praying hard and we are working hard to get what has not been properly delivered in terms of justice in that matter and that it is addressed.”

Tambuwal, who was named on Monday as the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, accused the APC of attempting to foist a one-party state on the country.

Ask to give details on the signs that indicated such attempts, he said: “Were you not in Nigeria when efforts were being made to take away our seats by hook or crook? Were you not in Nigeria? You know what I am talking about.”

The governor assured Nigerians that the PDP Governors’ Forum would work with the party’s leadership to strengthen opposition.

He said: “We will work with the National Working Committee (NWC) and other organs of the party for us to strengthen the party and to continue to build our democratic culture, the rule of law and constitutionalism in our country.

“And, of course, we will work towards fostering peace among governors and indeed the entire party.

“I assure you that we are going to use this platform to bring everybody on board. There are issues here and there but they are not beyond us. We shall reconcile those who are having some issues with one another and ensure that our party is firmly positioned for the challenges ahead.”

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