Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came out in their numbers in Owerri, on Sunday, to protest Emeka Ihedioha’s sack by the Supreme Court and the declaration of Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of the state.
A video shared by journalist, Dele Momodu, showed the protesters marching from the party secretariat on Okigwe road to the front of the Imo government house and returned back to the secretariat.
They blamed the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) for the sacking of Ihedioha and that the outcome of the court case was shocking to them. The protesters, who dressed in black attires, asked that the case be revisited.
According to some of the members, they insisted that the protest would persist if the apex court refused to revisit the matter.
A member of the House of Representatives, Henry Nwawuba, who spoke to journalists, said the Supreme Court jurists had murdered democracy in the state with their judgment.
Nwawuba, who represents Mbaitoli/Ikedduru Federal Constituency of Imo State said, ”I am a lawmaker and I believe that the Supreme Court must redeem the judiciary. Since the judgment was delivered, the state has become a graveyard (and) this is unlike what was happening when PDP was holding sway.”
He argued that “How the Supreme Court justices gave victory to a candidate who came fourth in an election remains a mystery to many of us. We call on them to revisit the Imo case and do justice.”
Also, the PDP Women Leader in the state, Maria Mbakwe, begged the Supreme Court justices to revisit the matter.
"We know that they are human beings and they can make a mistake," she said.
The police, who were on ground, said through its spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, to the media that the police were being “proactive instead of being reactive.”
He said, “We barricaded the town because we don’t want protesting PDP members to clash with APC members or for hoodlums to hijack the protest. We are being proactive instead of being reactive. The police do not want any bloodshed.”
He added that “The PDP members have the right under the law to protest peacefully but we do not want anybody to hijack it or threaten the peace of the state,” adding that the situation could turn worse should APC members also take to the streets.