In agreement with the Supreme Court declaration, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued the Certificate of Return to Senator Hope Uzodinma as the winner of March 2019 governorship election
Shortly after the ceremony, the Senator dedicated his victory to God and ”functional judiciary” of the country. In his words, he says “We thank God that at the end of the day through His Mercy, His will and the mandate of our people of Imo, who came out to vote for APC and me, that at the end of the day their wishes and mandate have been recognised.
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“We owe this victory to God Almighty. We owe it to the functional judiciary. That our judiciary is working and the Supreme Court worked to expectation.
“The people of Imo have not been denied their choice of leadership and the efforts they made during election. It is something we must be grateful for,” Uzodinma said.
He described the litigation process he went through as part of the democratic process, saying:“ There must be challenge here and there, but you must develop thick skin and strength to follow through litigation.
“That is what we did and the first court did not do what we wanted. The second court followed through, but the Supreme Court uses it’s eagle eye and gave us victory. We thank God.”
It is of interest to note that a seven-man panel of the apex court in its decision held that Ihedioha did not win a majority of votes cast at the March 2019 governorship election