Posted by News Express | 28 February 2020 | 523 times
Ahead of Monday’s review of the Supreme Court judgement on Imo governorship election, residents and supporters of sacked Governor Emeka Ihedioha on Thursday turned to God for help.
They held an interdenominational prayer session in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
This is also as the Coalition of Civil Society for Rights and Justice (CISORJ) has urged the Supreme Court to save Nigerian democracy and judiciary by reversing its 14th January judgement on Imo governorship election which sacked Ihedioha and installed Senator Hope Uzodinma as governor.
The prayer session that sought the intervention of God in the review of the January 14th Supreme Court judgement was officiated by Ven. Echi Nworgu, Rev. Fr. Wence Isiguzo, and Pastor Rostand Amadi of the Anglican, Catholic and Pentecostal denominations respectively.
They thanked God and the Supreme Court for giving Ihedioha and Imo State a second chance by agreeing to review the now contentious judgement.
The urgency of the prayer session was evident as thousands of residents of the state capital and clerics drawn from across the state for the event, prayed for more than three hours for the success of Ihedioha at the Supreme Court next Monday.
Leading the prayers which attracted stakeholders, religious leaders and civil rights groups, Rev. Nworgu, Rev. Fr. Isiguzo, and Pastor Amadi prayed God to intervene and ensure justice in the matter.
They maintained that only God, backed by the available facts on ground, would convince the apex court Justices to hearken to the calls of Imo citizens for the reversal of the judgement and return of Ihedioha to office.
“There is hope in the review and we are calling with confidence that God is going to hear our prayers and ensure justice in the matter.
“There is also a spiritual dimension to this Imo problem. It is not a tribal issue, not an ethnic issue and definitely not just a political issue. We must understand that the things we see are determined by things not seen. This is spiritual and that is why we are gathered here today,” Echi said.
A stakeholder in the Imo project and senior lawyer, Chief Udo Azubuogu, who was also part of the prayer session, said: “In spite of what has happened, we recognize the fact that the Supreme Court of Nigeria is manned by human beings prone to human errors; we in this moment of grief and bitterness hereby enjoin the Supreme Court to take a courageous and bold step to correct the error of January 14th.
“This is not just about Imo State; it is about justice. It is about posterity. And it is about honour and supremacy of the Nigerian constitution, judiciary and democracy.”
In an address presented to journalists, the Coordinator General of the Civil Society Coalition, Anulika Umezuruike said the judgement has since thrown the people of the state into mourning.
She stated that the judgement, if allowed to stand, would “unarguably erode the confidence of the people in the judiciary and raise questions of conscience and integrity.”
She called for the reversal of the judgement in the interest of equity, fairness and justice. (New Telegraph)
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