By Sunday Awolonu
There have been mixed reactions over the petitions by the Imo State governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma to the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Attorney General of the Federation(AGF) and Minister of Justice,Mr Abubakar Malami against the opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party(PDP),for tagging him ‘Supreme Court Governor.’
The petitions written by Batos Chikezie ,Uzodimma’s Special Adviser on Political Matters which specifically prayed that Ogubundu Nwadike, spokesperson of Imo PDP among others, be restrained from referring to him (Uzodimma) as a ‘Supreme Court Governor’ on the basis that it was misleading and derogatory.
Expectedly, this has elicited varied reactions expecially on social media. Many are of the opinion that the governor would have allowed sleeping dog lie since the tag is gradually fading away with time. They opined that petitioning again the opposition party for a mere name calling would certainly add salt to injury and escalate the issue the more.
For them the governor should concentrate on delivering the dividends of democracy to Imolites thereby endearing himself to the people. Naturally the tag will gradually fade away as Imolites begin to enjoy good governance.
However, while some concurred with Chikezie that “it is a wicked propaganda and blackmail characteristically designed to incite and delude the people of Imo, thereby misdirecting them to disregard the judiciary,” others were of the view that ‘the tag is for life.’
Hear Prince Ossai, “Uzodimma remains in the annals of history of Nigeria the governor who got a strange judgment of turning from last to the first. This case will continue to hunt this country and the judiciary.
“Referring to him as a Supreme Court Governor is an understatement sir.”
Another speaker Badu Eze stated “But that’s what he is .It was the Supreme Court that made him governor .He came 4th in the last election, so how come he came 1st at the Supreme Court? Let him (Governor) take heart, the tag is for life, he has to live with it.”
In his own reaction, Ibrahim Mohammed said, “from no.4 to the winner that’s why we are calling him Supreme Court governor.”
But in contrast Umoru Friday Onu stated, “you don’t need to waste your time for people that don’t use their brains. It happened in Zamfara and Bayelsa, and those governors are there as governors. Your people in South East have hatred for any party outside PDP and that’s the problem you are facing .To me I don’t think the governor should waste his energy on this, but concentrate on developmental projects. Your tribe is politically backward.”