Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, outgoing Governor of Imo state

The outgoing Governor of Imo state, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha has described the Tuesday 13th judgment of the Supreme Court which granted victory of the March 9, governorship election to his opponent Senator Hope Uzodinma, as “unfair and unjust.”

He said the judgment did not reflect the voting that took place that day.

Ihedioha in an address to the people of Imo on Wednesday, about 24 hours after the judgment, however said he and the deputy governor, Engr Gerald Irona, will respect the judgment.

“I am reporting back to you our great Imo people on the fate of the mandate you freely gave to me as Governor and Engr. Gerald Irona as Deputy Governor. This mandate has now been truncated and cut short by the Supreme Court, in contravention of the will of the people.”

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“I do not agree with the judgement of the Supreme Court. I think it is unfair, unjust and does not reflect the voting that took place during the elections. It also didn’t take care of the sensibilities of the people of Imo State. But as true democrats, Engr Gerald Irona and I have no option but to respect the outcome of that judgment.”

Ihedioha however said he has put machinery in place to handover to the governor-elect, Senator Hope Uzodinma and directed all his appointees to write their handing over notes.