by Easter Ubonu
The red cap chief, Governor Rochas Okorocha, of Imo State, would be cooling off this weekend following his victory at the election tribunal sitting in Owerri yesterday. The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, on the other hand would be hiding under their umbrella fuming in anger after their petition challenging the results of the April gubernatorial elections was dismissed.
Citizens in the state capital, Owerri, on hearing the verdict took to the streets to celebrate. Supporters of the governor sang victory songs in favour of the ruling party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. But the cool speaking administrator kept his clam even before the verdict was read, he pretty much had it under control. Three days ago, he told pressmen that the PDP had no case. “It is no big deal that PDP approached the election tribunal to challenge my emergence as governor. Government House is a temporary residence and any occupant ought to know that he will one day vacate the place,” he said.
Opposition loyalists didn’t enjoy the governor’s display of overconfidence. There were even allegations emanating from the PDP camp that claimed the APGA had pre-emptively filed an appeal against the judgement, thus, insinuating the governor’s display of being nonchalant was an act.
The PDP, under the leadership of Ikedi Ohakim, contended that the supplementary election from which Okorocha emerged was illegal and prayed the tribunal to declare the result of April 26 while setting aside that of May 6, 2011.