Gov. Uzodinma escapes death by whisker, as Ihedioha alleges stolen mandate

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Gov. uzodinma’s official car damaged by the angry youths

Former governor of Imo state Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has accused Governor Hope Uzodinma, of parading a stolen mandate, insisting that he won the 2019 governorship election in the state.

This is just as Governor Uzodinma escaped death by a whisker on Sunday March 8, when he was attacked by aggrieved youths in the Ohaji Egbema area of the state.

According to reports, upon sighting the official SUV jeep of Uzodinma, some youths in the area started calling him a thief in loud screams, throwing stones at the vehicle.

The objects thrown at the car eventually damaged it, although the governor was unhurt, having been whisked away by security operatives.

But a statement by the Imo state government denied that Governor Uzodinma was inside the car when then angry youths attacked it.

According to statement, the government was addressing stakeholders of the area when the incident took place, saying that the person who smashed the governor’s car with a stone has been arrested by the police.
This is coming just hours after former governor Emeka Ihedioha, officially to the Supreme Court’s refusal to review its judgment on the last Imo gubernatorial election in 2019.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Ihedioha winner of the March 2019 governorship election in Imo state.

However, the Supreme Court on January 14, 2020, upturned Ihedioha’s victory, while it declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election.

Also on March 3, the Supreme Court rebuffed Ihedioha’s application for a review of its earlier judgment.

Ihedioha on Sunday thanked Imo people and members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for their undying support throughout the legal struggle which he described as peaceful.

In a statement obtained by Summit News, the former governor also expressed his deep gratitude and respect to all Nigerians from all walks of life who believe in due process and the rule of law.

However, he alleged that his mandate was brazenly stolen from him and wondered where lies democracy “if institutions that are critical to the entrenchment of rule of law could thwart the wishes of the people in a cynical manner…”

Ihedioha in the statement said: “Permit me to use this opportunity to thank all those who played one role or another in this historic quest for justice and truth.

“I must thank members of the diplomatic community for voicing their concerns for the stability of our country.

“ I commend the Chairman and Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for their vanguard role and leadership during this period.

“In particular, my special thanks go to all Imo citizens for their uncommon support, solidarity, and collective outrage. Never have people been so united and committed to a cause. You prayed, fasted, marched, protested and even cried.

“You sacrificed your time, resources, and endeavour for this just cause. On this matter, the people of Imo State collectively rose to demand for justice and fairness. Imo people rose up in defence of their right to elect leaders of their choice.

“Our people resoundingly rejected oppression and power grab, defied imposition, injustice and tyranny. I salute Imo people for this display of courage in the face of oppressive state power.”

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