Following the removal of Emeka Ihedioha from office as the Governor of Imo state by the Supreme Court, a group identified as Imo Diaspora Coalition has petitioned the US President Donald Trump and US speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In a petition written and submitted to appropriate quarters by the group, they requested for a US visa ban against Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad and six other Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria who presided over the matter.
The Justices identified as Tanko, Kudrat Kekere–Ekun, Sylvester Ngwuta, Olukayode Ariwoola, Aminu Sanusi, Amina Augie and Uwani Abba-Aji were accused by the group of judicial coup by overturning the governorship mandate given to Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha.
The petition so far has over 700 signatures.
The group said;
“Nigeria’s disgraceful partisan Supreme Court must reverse her recent perverted ruling or be placed on visa ban or no-fly list, including members of their immediate families.
“In what has been described a ‘judicial coup’, the Supreme Court of Nigeria overturned the landslide Imo State governorship electoral mandate, given to Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and handed victory to the ruling All Progressives Congress’ (APC) candidate, Hope Uzodinma, who came a distant fourth position in the election.
“When that whole fake results were added without adjustment to other figures, it brought the total votes cast to 928,054 , which is not only higher than INEC declared total valid votes cast of 714,355 but total number of accredited voters of 823,743 for the election. Yet, the Supreme Court in a bizarre judgment awarded more votes to the fourth placed candidate, that inflated total votes cast above the number of voters, and made him winner.”