Indigenes of Mbaise in Imo State have been making frantic calls to relations in the cities to confirm news that their son, Emeka Ihedioha, has been removed by the Supreme Court.
The apex court, in a unanimous judgment by a seven-man panel of justices that was led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, held that Ihedioha who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was not duly elected.
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun who delivered the lead judgment declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the valid winner of the governorship contest that held in Imo State on March 9, 2019.
The Supreme Court therefore ordered the immediate withdrawal of the Certificate of Return that was issued to Ihedioha.
It ordered that a fresh Certificate of Return should be issued to Uzodinma forthwith, adding that he should be sworn-in immediately as the governor of Imo state.
This spells the end of an Mbaise governor for the state, a struggle that began decades ago. It is not clear when Mbaise will produce another governor.