Supreme Court Should Have Called For Fresh Election In Imo – Abdul Mahmud

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A lawyer, social critic and human rights advocate, Abdul Mahmud has faulted the decision of the Supreme Court to sack Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of Imo State.

The climax court had dismissed Ihedioha and pronounce Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the rightful winner of the election.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Uzodinma a Certificate of Return.  Reacting to the ruling, Mahmud posited that the court should had ordered another election due to circumstances surrounding the exercise.

He said, “Considering that the evidence on the record was before the Supreme Court, the best option would have been cancellation of the Imo poll as requested by APGA for rigging.

In a tweet, social critic and human rights advocate also blamed INEC for not judiciously defending the cancellation of votes in 388 polling units in the March 2019 Imo election.

On his Tweeter handle, he wrote, “On the basis of the lawful votes, Ihedioha was declared winner. When battle raged at the tribunal in July,  2019. APC cleverly argued that its votes lawfully declared in polling units were unlawfully excluded at the collation center. It called 54 witnesses, including INEC officials.

PDP only called one witness to confute the testimonies of APC witnesses. INEC was unable to call single witness, tender a single document on the disputed excluded votes, nor called its collation officers as witnesses.

At the tribunal, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) played a comical game and PDP was unable to defend its victory with seriousness, knowing that the appellate courts sit on the records of the tribunal.

Ostensibly, the Supreme Court simply set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal and tribunal and accepted the proof of the All Progressive Congress (APC) led at the tribunal.

The Law is a strange being, guided by rules of facts: on the basis of the unchallenged facts of the APC, the court acted right. But we ought to be careful. The entire process fudged by the security agencies and INEC created the chaos we now see.

The Independent National Electoral Commission admitted rigged results at the polling units and tried to exclude them at the collation center didn’t show a responsible commission.

To worsen the situation, INEC neglected to defend an election it conducted, leaving PDP Ihedioha hung and dry at the tribunal. Finally, the security agencies made Imo poll what it was: filthy poll.

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