Ahead of next Monday’s review of the Supreme Court judgement which sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party as the governor of Imo State, supporters of the former governor on Thursday held interdenominational prayers in Owerri, the Imo State capital to seek the face of God in a legal battle between him and Governor Hope Uzodinma.
The prayers session, which was held at the Nwankwo Kanu Sports Complex, Owerri, was officiated by Ven. Echi Nworgu, Rev. Fr. Wence Isiguzo, and Pastor Rostand Amadi of the Anglican, Catholic and Pentecostal Churches, who thanked God and the Supreme Court for giving Ihedioha and the state a second chance by agreeing to review the judgement.
They led thousands of others to also pray for the Ihedioha’s success at the Supreme Court on Monday.
Clerics were drawn from all parts of the state for the event, which lasted more than three hours.
Speaking at the event, Venerable Echi Nwogu, a former staff of University of Nigeria, said, “We thank God for a second chance. I know that’s the source of your happiness. I know the source of your happiness is because God has heard your prayers. It’s because your governor is returning back to government house”.
Nwogu told the worshippers that what the people of the state were passing through was spiritual and “not tribalism, not ethnicity nor political.
“It’s because having won on March 9, 2019, we forgot God in our victory and decided to do what we liked. This should serve as a lesson to all of us when we return back”.
Also, 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 judgment on Imo governorship election.
In an address presented to journalists on Thursday, the Coordinator General of the coalition, Anulikq Umezuruike said the judgement since its delivery has 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”.
She called for the reversal of the judgement in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.
She said, “today, the nation mourns not only because of thousands of people killed by Boko Haram attacks or banditry insurgency. We mourn for the injustice meted on millions of Imo people by the January 14th, 2020 Supreme Court judgment.
“This moment in time, recognizing 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 the 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’s constitution, judiciary and democracy,” she said.