Nigerian Judges Who Declared Hope Uzodinma As Imo Governor Denied Visas To Attend US Conference

The former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke has reportedly revealed that members of a seven-man panel of the Nigerian Supreme Court who declared a candidate who came fourth in the last Imo governorship election as governor have been denied visas to the United States.

A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court led by former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Muhammad Tanko, on January 14, 2020, nullified the governorship election of Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State, declaring Hope Uzodinma as the rightful winner of the exercise.

The Tanko-led panel consequently asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Uzodinma immediately.

The court in a unanimous decision held that Ihedioha did not win the majority of votes cast in the election.

British-Nigerian lawyer, Ayo Obe in a tweet disclosed that the US had refused visas to those judges involved in the most bizarre judgement to attend a judges’ conference in the US, attributing the information to former Cross River Governor, Duke.

Obe tweeted on Wednesday, “Launching ‘A Stranger In Their Midst’, @Donald_Duke reveals that Judges who delivered a judgment that made “a candidate who came fourth the winner of an election” have been refused visas to attend a judges’ conference in the US.

“Their aides were given visas, but they were not.”

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