Former vice president and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar says the supreme court judgement on Imo state governorship election must be respected.
On Tuesday, the supreme court sacked Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo, affirming Hope Uzodinma, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Ihedioha winner of the election, but Uzodinma, who came fourth in the poll, challenged the outcome of the exercise.
In a statement issued by his media office, Atiku said the judgement of the apex court must be accepted irrespective of how unfavourable it might be.
“I can only say that since the Supreme Court is final, we must accept its judgment, however unexpected and unpalatable it may be. The Rule of law must guide our paths even if logic sheds light on a different path,” he said.
The former vice president asked Ihedioha not to be discouraged by the loss, saying he “will overcome this setback and emerge stronger”.
He said the PDP had “provided genuine democracy for this nation once before”, and that it is the destiny of the party to democratically restore what has been lost owing ”to the encroachment of anti-democratic agents”.
“Let me state unequivocally that I solidarise with Emeka Ihedioha, a man I know to be a great leader of men and resources. In the fullness of time, I am convinced that he will overcome this setback and emerge stronger,” he said.
“My greatest desire, and one I hope to see again in my lifetime, is that Nigeria will fulfill its potential as the land of Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress.
“These four ideals have been missing from our borders for a while, and all freedom-loving Nigerians ought to henceforth work together to bring them back. So, help us, God