Senator Hope Uzodinma, the governor-elect of Imo State, has declared that his mandate given to him at the March 9, 2019 Imo State governorship election has been restored by the judiciary.
Uzodinma, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made the declaration in a statement issued by Declan Emelumba, his spokesperson, on Tuesday after the Supreme Court declared him the legitimate winner of the governorship election.
In a unanimous decision, the seven-man panel led by Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, held that all votes allotted to Uzodinma and the APC from 318 polling units were unlawfully excluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
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It further held that the lower courts erred in law by upholding the election victory of Emeka Ihedioha, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Uzodinma commended the apex court for its bravery in reaching its decision, describing the process as “beautiful”.
The governor-elect stated that he is ready to serve the Imo residents and provide good leadership.
The statement read: “The Supreme Court has declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of Imo State. The beautiful thing is that our stolen mandate has been recovered.
“The governor will arrive in Imo State on Wednesday and he will address the people of the state. He has better plans for the people of the state. He is experienced and the state is in for good things.”