The apex court has announced that it would deliver judgment on the petitions against the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha, as the governor of Imo State by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday.
While members of the Peoples Democratic Party are upbeat that the supreme court would uphold Ihedioha’s victory, members of the All Progressives Congress and All Progressives Grand Alliance are hopeful that the judgment would go in their favour.
The director of Imo Orientation Agency, Martin Opara, told our correspondent that there was no cause for alarm, expressing optimism that the apex court would uphold the governor’s election.
He said that the declaration of Ihedioha as governor was in tandem with the electoral act as against the position of the petitioners.
Opara said, “there is no cause for alarm. The governor will win at the Supreme Court as he won at the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, respectively. This is a governor that was voted by the majority of our people.”
But the APC chairman in the state, Daniel Nwafor, said that he was hopeful that the judgment would go in favour of his party.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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