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General News of Saturday, 18 November 2023


Imo: Prominent pastor unveils prediction as opposition heads for court after governorship election

Governor Hope Uzodimma Governor Hope Uzodimma

Prominent southwest-based cleric, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, has said the opposition parties in Imo state should not bother taking Governor Hope Uzodimma to court.

Primate Ayodele said resorting to litigations over the loss in the 2023 Imo state governorship election "won’t bring out any positive outcome", adding that it would amount to "a waste of resources".

Ayodele made these comments in a video shared on his official X (formerly Twitter handle) on Wednesday, November 15.

He said: “Imo state, you can't take the man (Uzodimma) to court. It would not work."

LP to take Uzodimma to court

Recall that the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Imo, Athan Achonu, rejected the result of Saturday’s election, saying he would seek redress in court.

The LP candidate alleged that the election was “marred by irregularities, including vote buying and physical assaults of LP agents, and thus deserving of outright cancellation”.

PDP to review Imo poll, cautions judiciary

In a similar vein, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it is reviewing the Imo election before making a pronouncement on its next line of action.

Umar Damagum, the PDP national chairman, stated this at a news conference after the meeting of the national working committee (NWC) on Tuesday, November 14, in Abuja.

PDP candidate, Samuel Anyanwu, lost the off-cycle election in Imo state to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Damagun urged those who participated in the elections to follow legal means in seeking redress, even though the PDP had reservations about the judiciary system.