By David Uka, Abakaliki
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ebonyi State chapter Monday, staged a peaceful protest against the Supreme Court Judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha as Imo State Governor.
The protesters were led by National Vice Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South East, Chief Austin Umahi
The protesters who were demanding that the Judgment be reversed within 24 hours. maintained that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, must resign immediately over the perversed judgement.
The protesters wore black attire during the protest.
They carried placards with various inscriptions such as: Supreme Court judgement on Imo Governorship petition must be reversed; NJC must intervene; Justice Tanko Mohammed must resign, Ihedioha must return as Imo Governor, among other inscriptions.
They matched from the PDP State Secretariat along Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway, to the Federal High Court, Abakaliki.
The National Vice Chairman, PDP, South-East zone, Chief Austin Umahi, who led the protest said the Supreme Court must be prevailed upon to reverse the perversed judgement.
He said democracy had been murdered under the watch of the Nigerian judiciary, noting that the judiciary had also become the lost hope of the common man.
Umahi said: “It is very unfortunate that our democracy has been murdered. It is very unfortunate that under the watch of the judiciary our democracy is murdered. Our understanding is that judiciary is the last hope of the common man, but today it is the lost hope of the common man.
“For how long shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? And the Bible says, God forbid. We want and we are saying it very categorical that the Judgment of the Supreme Court is a perversed judgement and must be reversed immediately, for the oneness of this nation and for the furtherance of democracy. They should reverse and reinstate the man that was elected by the Imolites and he is RT. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and not a man that was imported and through the back door, imposed on the people of Imo State.
“He is an agenda and we understand the agenda that is in him and we will resist him with all that we have. That judgement cannot stand. We are here as lovers of democracy.
“Judiciary, I want to pass an information to you, it could be one person today, tomorrow, it could be your turn. If you don’t resist this abnormality. If you don’t resist this abomination and If you don’t resist this imperfection, one day, it will be your turn.
“It is time to rise up and say what is wrong is wrong. We have risen as democrats to say that what is wrong is wrong. To say that we shouldn’t allow our judiciary to die. Once judiciary is captured, we are finished in this country and from all indications, we can see that we have a compromised judiciary. We can see there is no independence again. There is no rule of law in this country.
“So, where are we going as a country? This is worst than a banana republic. You are talking of awarding victory to someone that came fourth in an election? I don’t know where the Supreme Court got that political Mathmatics? From all calculations and from all permutations, it is wrong before God.
“We want to warn that we are not foolish. We understand what have been going on in this country. If not for the Rule of law, will APC be in Government today? A Democrat handed over to them and they have decided to squeeze, undermine us and see that nothing good happens in this country.
“We want to say this. We are disillusioned and disenchanted. We are not happy. We have never seen a thing like this. And I know that the international community will be laughing at us. It is a country that there is no hope for a common man.