The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2019 Gubernatorial Primary Election committee in Imo State, Ahmed Ali Gulak, has downplayed the prediction of Hope Uzodinma’s victory by Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka.
Naija News recalls that the Spiritual Leader of the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Enugu State, Mbaka, had predicted that Emeka Ihedioha would be ousted by the Supreme Court.
And while delivering the final judgment on the 2019 election, the Supreme Court nullified the election of Ihedioha and Senator Uzodinma winner of the March 19 Governorship election in Imo.
Uzodinma had approached the courts, claiming that he got the highest number of votes in the election, but the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of the State.
The Supreme Court said the votes due to Senator Uzodinma was unlawfully excluded from the 318 polling units.
Delivering judgement, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun stated that the submissions of a Principal witness who was on a subpoena to present results held that the lower court was wrong in its ruling.
Reacting in an interview with The Sun, Gulak, a former Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, said Mbaka never declared himself a member of the APC.
According to the former aide on Political Matters to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, anyone is allowed to make predictions, adding that seriousness should not be attached to the predictions.
Gulak said, “You are just talking about Fr Mbaka. Fr Mbaka is a religious leader. You know he said he was predicting. You as a citizen, you can also predict. It depends on how your mind works.
“Well, we can call it a prophecy. You can sleep in the night and have your dream. Don’t you dream?
“You dream from time to time and if through your dream, some things are revealed to you and you come out to tell the public, that does not mean that Fr Mbaka is APC or Supreme Court.”
The APC chieftain also dismissed claims that the Spiritual Leader of the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry was a member of the ruling party.
According to Gulak, Rev. Fr. Mbaka is just a religious leader who ministers to his followers.
He said: “They believe him, they follow him, they are Christians and they are Catholics in Imo State. Mbaka is from Enugu, he is not from Imo State. Mbaka is Catholic, that was his sermon that he has seen in a dream or vision as they call it that Hope will be governor.
“That is prediction. Some predictions may come right, some may not be right like America predicted that Nigeria would disintegrate in 2015. Did Nigeria disintegrate?
“You see, let us not trivialise this issue. Let us take these issues as serious issues. You don’t joke with the judgment of the Supreme Court.
“It is the final court. Whether they are wrong or right, it is the final court. Let us not attack our institutions like what the PDP has done in attacking the justices of the Supreme Court.
“That is the highest point of rascality from leaders of a political party. Look, what happened in Zamfara?
“The PDP did not even go to court, but the Supreme Court, in its wisdom, gave judgment that there was no candidate for APC during that election. And you know APC won that election overwhelmingly.
“So, when the Supreme Court came out to give judgment, the APC took it as one of the judgments that must be respected because it is judgment from the Supreme Court.
“It is the highest court. When the Supreme Court excluded all candidates of the APC in Rivers State, we did not call the Supreme Court as having been compromised.
“You may disagree with their decision, but their decision is final. You must live with it. But that doesn’t give you the latitude to abuse and to be castigating an institution you solely depend on when it comes to democracy.”