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Father Ejike Mbaka
Primate Elijah Ayodele
Senator Hope Uzodinma
Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha

For those that follow & are the unflinching supporters of the fiery man of God, Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry Enugu in the East, this is their time to gloat and say to all and sundry, didn’t we tell you?

When the uncompromising man of God just 2 weeks ago at his cross over service voiced out what he said he had heard from God, many openly scoffed and denounced him, making a jest of him and his predictions.

When at that Cross over service he began by saying – “Many things are going to happen in Nigeria this 2020 that will shock countrymen and countrymen, but all would be to God’s glory.

“In spite of all that would happen, there is hope.
“In Imo State, there is hope. Hope, hope, hope in Imo!

“Imo people have suffered but God is raising a new hope that would be an agent of salvation for them.
“He’s coming with a new flag to restore the dignity of that noble land.
“A new leadership that will break barriers and there would be joy in the land of Imo.

“Lift your candles [as I bless Hope Uzodinma and I empower him to, spiritually, take over].
“How, I do not know?

“Please, if you heard that there would be a new government in Imo and you don’t like the message, if I say Hope, you can say hopeless, but do not fight me.
“I am saying this in respect of those who may want to come after me.”

After he gave the above prophecy as quoted verbatim, one of those that came out openly/publicly to declare him a charlatan, a liar, a false one and a money monger was none other than another renowned seer by the name Primate Elijah Ayodele of Inri. The impetus of Primate Ayodele in challenging him so openly and calling him out, must have given others the strength also to attack the man of God too, as many on the side of Governor Emeka Ihedioha and his party the PDP, went for the jugular calling the man many names, in fact calling him an APC apologist and prophet. Many were just too sure that what he predicted couldn’t ever come to pass. But they only looked at the seeming impossibility of the situation. Some even went ahead to voice their opinion on the fact that Senator Hope Uzodinma was actually declared as coming 4th in the said election. So to them, how he would get the required number to win? So they were waiting to see the black magic that would be displayed.

But alas! Against all odds, defying most explanations possible, the apex court on the land, that’s the Supreme Court of Nigeria, headed by The Chief Justice of the Federation, in a court ruling read by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun that has been causing unbelievable ripples since it was given today, after first admitting the canceled results from 388 units which have the candidate of the APC the required number needed, declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the Governor of Imo State with immediate effect, thereby nullifying the win/victory that had been given Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha whose victory at the election had been 1st upheld by the Election Tribunal, then same verdict was reaffirmed at the Court of Appeal.

For those who might be wondering what magic could have happened, that uplifted 4th to 1st, then maybe you read this information below as explained by a lawyer.

by Obinna Akpuchukwu

I have read a lot of commentaries over the recent Supreme Court judgment declaring Senator Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected Governor of Imo State. Many have wondered how a candidate who came 4th in the election would be declared the winner by the Court. Some others have argued that the court at worst should have ordered for a rerun/run off election. A few others have submitted that in view of the recent decision of the apex court regarding the dual candidacy of Uche Nwosu, the Supreme Court  ought not to have declared Hope the winner of the governorship election. I shall attempt to address these issues seriatim.

Firstly, Hope Uzodinma’s petition was predicated on the fact that INEC unlawfully cancelled results in most polling units where he scored majority votes. He contended that INEC lacks the power to nullify the election of a polling unit after the Presiding Officer had declared the result in that polling unit. He further argued that if you calculate the votes in the polling units unlawfully cancelled by INEC and add it to the existing ones, he scored the highest number of valid votes cast and he ought to have been declared the winner of the election. Hope Uzodinma through his counsel tendered those results sheets where he won and INEC did not deny that those results were written by their agents (the Presiding Officers). There were no contradictory results tendered by the Respondents in respect of the polling units where Uzodinma claimed he won. The law is already settled that once results have been declared by a presiding officer, the INEC has no power to nullify or cancel the result. Only a competent election petition tribunal has such power.

Secondly, the Apex Court could not have ordered for a rerun or run off because Hope Uzodinma met the constitutional requirement of securing 25% votes in 2/3 of the Local Governments in the State and he won the highest number of valid votes cast in the election. In any event, the petitioner/appellant Hope Uzodinma did not seek such a relief from the tribunal. 

Thirdly, the argument on the effect of the Uche Nwosu’s judgment was not canvassed at the Supreme Court in the Uzodinma’s case. The Supreme Court has no power to delve into issues not canvassed or presented before it. There was no cross appeal or issue canvassed at the apex court on whether Hope Uzodinma was a candidate of the APC in the IMO Governorship election or whether his appeal has become incompetent in view of the recent decision of the apex court regarding the dual candidacy of Uche Nwosu. In any event, Hope Uzodinma was not a party to that other case nullifying the candidacy of Uche Nwosu.

The decision of the apex court is not meant to massage the sentiments of a few persons. The Court of law decides a case based on the issues formulated before it and marrying the evidence led at the trial to the law. That to me, is what the Supreme Court just did. We however await the full judgment of the Court so we can make better meaning out of it. We only have to respect it. Of course intellectual critiques are welcomed. 

Obinna Akpuchukwu, Esq

With how things have now panned out, especially between Mbaka and Ayodele of Inri, who truly has heard from God now?


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