New York, NY. February 14, 2020
Imo Diaspora Coalition for Justice and Democracy (IDCJD) has called on all Imo State, Nigeria Citizens and all Defenders of Democracy to call on members of the United States’ Senate and House Subcommittees on Africa to pressure the Nigerian Supreme Court to reverse what it called the January 14, 2020 “shameful” Imo Supreme Court Judgement or face the International Magnitsky Accountability Act.
IDCJD, which made the call Friday, said that the ‘ridiculous’ unanimous judgement has been causing ripples of protests around the world.
A statement that has Prof. Eddie Oparaoji and Chijike K Ndukwu as contacts for the New York, United States of America-based international public policy advocacy organization of Imo Citizens, southeast Nigeria in the United States and around the world said “IDCJD made this move to cause these Africa focused legislative bodies to officially weigh in on the ongoing effort to recover the integrity of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, following the corruption-tainted judgement in question.”
It should be recalled that the Supreme Court- sacked former Governor of Imo State of Nigeria, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha had formally, filled a motion at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, praying the Courts to review and reverse its judgement of January 14, 2020, which declared Mr. Hope Uzodinma of All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner, based on the addition of what the group described as “uncertified votes.”
The Group called “on all defenders of Democracy to call on the following US Senate and House Subcommittees on Africa to intimate them of the crisis in the Nigerian judiciary capable of precipitating anarchy, to enable them weigh in officially.”
The list includes
US Senate Subcommittee
- Senator Lindsey Graham – 202-224-5972, Chair. (R – SC)
- Senator Bob Menendez – 202-2244744, Ranking member (D, NJ.)
- Senator Chris Coons – 302-322-1240 (D – DE)
US House Subcommittee
- Rep. Karen Bass – Chair -202 225 7084 (D Call)
- Rep. Christopher Smith – Ranking member -202 225 3765, (NJ-R)
IDCJD said that the Nigerian Supreme Court “shifted the onus of proof of authenticating or validating of forged evidentiary materials or documents not on a responsible statutory agency, in this case, INEC, but on the respondents, while giving benefit of the doubt to the presenter of the forged document.
“This flawed judgement could also collapse investors’ confidence, crater Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), Diaspora remittances and consequently skyrocketing joblessness, crimes and insecurity.”
The Group therefore called “on Imo citizens worldwide, all people of good conscience, and the general public to call on the listed United States Senators and Congressman/woman to call the attention of the Nigerian Supreme Court to restore Ihedioha’s mandate immediately.”
“Otherwise, we shall invoke the United States International Magnitsy Accountability Act on all individuals and organizations found to be complicit.”