The “supreme court governor” tag slammed on Hope Uzodimma of Imo state, appears to be giving him acute headache as he has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) and Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, over the tag used to describe him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and majority of Imolites who had in fact voted for Emeka Ihedioha in the 2019 governorship election.
In the petition. also copied to the leadership of the national assembly, Batos Chikezie, special adviser to Uzodinma on political matters, asked that Ogubundu Nwadike, the publicity secretary for PDP in the state, and other loyalists be stopped from using the “supreme court governor”.
Mr. Chikezie argued that the tag is derogatory and misleading, adding that it is a calculated attempt to “dent the image of the most esteemed judiciary arm of government.”
He alleged that since the supreme court’s decision of January 14, 2020, which declared his principal as the winner of the Imo governorship election, “Nwadike continued to refer to Uzodinma as the supreme court governor and Chief Emeka Ihedioha as the elected governor of the state in the print, electronic and social media”.
The tag is “wicked propaganda and blackmail characteristically designed to incite and delude the people of the state thereby misdirecting them to disregard the judiciary,” he claimed.
Chikezie further asked the NJC, through the registrar of the supreme court, to prosecute Nwadike for “persistently making a mockery of the decision and proceeding of the supreme court on the Imo state gubernatorial election, thereby making them look compromised and biased in the eyes of the public which is a dent on their integrity and pedigree”.
He also called on the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to sanction Nwadike, who is a journalist.
Chikezie also wants the NUJ should to ensure that all media outlets blacklist Mr. Nwadike from their stables, blogs, pages and airtime.
The Nigerian Supreme Court had in January contoversially sacked Emeka Ihedioha as Imo state governor, holding that Uzodinma, who caame a distant fourth in the election, was the duly elected governor of the state.