Thousands of Imolites stormed Owerri, the capital of Imo State on Sunday to peacefully protest against what they termed injustice against Chief Emeka Ihedioha, who was removed from office as governor of the state by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court had on January 14, 2020 removed Ihedioha as the governor of the state and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the March 9 2019 governorship election.
The protesters, who were clad in black attires borne placards with such inscriptions as Reverse the in justice now; Ihedioha won landslide, Tanko must go, amongst others.
Speaking to journalists, one of the protesters and former chief of staff to the Government House, Chief Chris Okewulonu said the people of the state were in shock to hear the Supreme Court removed Emeka Ihedioha as the governor as the governor of the state, after he won decisively during the March 2019 governorship election.
Okewulonu said, “We were all in shock when on the 14th of January, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of Tribunal and Court of Appeal and awarded victory to APC candidate.
“We discovered that initially, that the Supreme Court did not devote much time to hear the matter. We deduced that there was some funny movement. Our fears were confirmed when on the Day of Judgment, the Supreme Court went on break and resumed about 4:00pm.
“The judgment was not in consonance with the arguments in court and the judgment did not reflect the election that took place in Imo State on March 9 last year.
“We are all Imo people and participated in the election and noticed that Ihedioha clearly won the election”.
He described the judgment as highly compromising, adding that the people of the state decided to embark on the protest because they did not want to resort to violence.
The protesters therefore called on the apex court to reverse the judgment on the groups that it had made a mistake.
“The Supreme Court must reverse the judgment. It has happened in the past. They should quickly reconvene and do justice. There are a number of instances where the Supreme Court realized it made a mistake and reconvened to do justice to the important thing is the interest of the people of the state”, he said.
The protesters numbering more than 2,000 first converged at the state secretariat of the PDP on Okigwe Road before trooping to Government House, Owerri Roundabout.
The police allowed them only 45 minutes to stay and voice their grievance at the roundabout.