The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned against impending political crisis in Imo state, claiming that external forces have been contracted to destabilize the state on the guise of the recent verdict of the Supreme Court of Nigeria which removed Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, as governor of Imo state.
DAILY POST recalls that the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, last week ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue Uzodinma a certificate of return.
A seven-man panel, in its decision held that Ihedioha did not win the majority of votes cast at the March 9, 2019 governorship election.
The judgment delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, held that the candidate of the APC won on grounds that he polled majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.
Last Wednesday, the Chief Judge of Imo, Justice Pascal Nnadi, sworn in Senator Hope Uzodinma and Professor Placid Njoku as governor and Deputy governor of Imo State respectively.
However, in a press statement issued by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze, Chuks Ibegbu on Tuesday, urged warring parties in Imo state to thread with caution as their activities constitute a threat to the unity of Nigeria.
The statement read, “Those who want to put fire in Imo state to think twice as Ohanaeze Ndigbo would not fold its arms and watch external forces destabilize the state. Why is it always in Igbo states that fifth columnists use politicians against themselves and the interest of their people. Why monies that should be used to develop Imo state are now used for Solidarity and solidarity protest from all angles.
“Yes, aggrieved people can protest for or against but external forces should not be allowed to infiltrate Imo state or use Imo money to satiate their bottomless pockets. Now the judiciary, police, election umpire etc are interested in imo state and causing confusion everywhere.
“This is unacceptable as its Imo people that are suffering. Let justice always prevail and all the actors in Imo are Igbo sons and daughters. Our interest is always for the will of the people to prevail. We enjoin the actors in Imo state to put the interest of the people first in their actions”.