A non-governmental organization, the Coaltion for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa (CGGEJA), yesterday, raised an alarm over alleged plot by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State chapter, to manipulate the outcome of the governorship election petition at the Tribunal.
The candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Hope Uzodinma, Uche Nwosu (Action Alliance) and Ifeanyi Ararume (APGA), had petitioned the tribunal against the election of the PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha over the irregularities that characterized the election that brought him into office including omission of results and the failure of the PDP candidate to satisfy the constitution 2/3rd condition, according to the petitioners.
In a statement signed by the Director of Communications of CGGEJA, Mr. Osheku Afoyan Isaac, the NGO called the attention of relevant agencies to the plot of the PDP to manipulate the judgement of the Tribunal through meetings with influential figures targeted at obtaining a favorable ruling.
“As a reputable organization in Africa, we want to bring to the attention of all peace loving Nigerians, moves by some PDP chieftains in the state and other cohorts, to not only pervert the cause of justice, but also to manipulate the eventual outcome of the decision of the Imo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal,” the statement read.
“We are not unaware of the unholy meeting of these Imo PDP leaders, a dethroned traditional ruler in Imo state, a South South PDP governor, a former governor of Imo and one time Speaker of the House of Reps, held with a foremost traditional ruler in Sokoto State, the purpose of which was to prevail on the respected Royal Father, using Governor Aminu Tambuwal, to pressure members of the Imo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, headed by Justice M. O. Dogondaji, also from Sokoto State, to do their bidding, which is to manipulate the judgment of the tribunal.
“We also not unaware of the huge sums of money that exchanged hands, and of the assurance given to them by the respected traditional Ruler, that the Imo and Sokoto state governors will not be kicked out by any tribunal.
“We hereby send strong warnings to all those so involved to retrace their steps, and refrain in their attempts to pervert the cause of justice. We believe in the integrity of members of the panel therefore desperate PDP agents in Imo state must allow them to execute their job without fear or favor. The facts before the panel as regards the issues are very clear to the people of Imo state and we will not allow desperate politicians to truncate justice in the matter
“The Judiciary, as often said, has been the last hope of the common man, as represented by the Imo electorates, whose vote at the last governorship election they seek to rig through the same judiciary.”
No one can know the outcome of such evil machinations, if they so succeed, but it is pertinent that such mindless politicians, should not be allowed to inflict needless conflagration on our dear state” it stated.