The Eminent Leaders’ Group, has expressed their readiness to mobilise some Leaders of conscience, to monitor the Supreme Court’s review of its judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the Governor of Imo State.
The Spokesman of the group, said to have been initiated by the Third Force Movement, Nigeria, Dr. Olusegun Obe, disclosed this in a Press statement which was made available to Journalists, in Abuja.
Obe listed those to be mobilised to include Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar (Rtd.), Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Bishop Matthew Kukah, and Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu.
Others, according to the statement, are Solomon Asemota, SAN, Prof. Pat Utomi, Dr, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, Senator Shehu Sani, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, the Leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and the international community, among others.
According to the statement, the purpose is for the eminent Nigerians “to help monitor the judicial review on the Imo Governorship election, coming up on Tuesday, at the Supreme Court”.
The group however, commended the Apex Court, for its decision to review what it called “its controversial ruling” on the election, which it claimed has raised serious questions about the present state of the nation’s Judiciary.
The statement reads: “The decision of the Apex Court to review its earlier ruling, is a sign of maturity and openness by the Judiciary, that will go a long way to calm frayed nerves and douse the heightening political tension in the South-East, and the country at large.
“The group also hails the international community and concerned eminent Nigerians, for their diplomatic vigilance and interventions respectively, on the worrisome Supreme Court judgment, on the 2019 Governorship election in Imo State, a ruling which has since caused ripples among Nigerians, over the survival of democracy and peace in the South-East, and Nigeria at large.”
The group charged the people of Imo State and the entire South-East, to remain calm and be hopeful, expressing the hope that the Supreme Court will do justice to the matter during its review, on Tuesday.