‘My father told me supreme court makes mistakes’ — Charly Boy leads protest against Ihedioha’s sack

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Charles Oputa, singer and television presenter better known as Charly Boy, on Wednesday led a protest against the removal of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo state.

The supreme court had in January replaced Ihedioha with Hope Uzodinma, his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival in the March election.

Ihedioha had described the judgment as a subversion of the will of Imo people and subsequently filed an application for the review of the verdict.

During a protest in Owerri, Imo state capital, on Wednesday, Oputa said his father, a former supreme court judge, told him that the apex court is prone to mistakes.

He added that his father always told him that wherever he sees injustice, he should rise up and address it lest it comes back to fight him.

“As a little boy, a 10-year-old boy, my father, who was once in charge of the Supreme Court once said that the Supreme Court can make mistakes. We admit that the Supreme Court has made a mistake. They should correct themselves,” Oputa said.

Oputa, who claimed to be the father of frustrated Nigerians, said that the protest was for the good of the state.

“Everyone here is angry at the removal of Ihedioha. What we are doing here is not about a person but for the good of Imo people,” he said.

“Our stupidity is enough and we must realise that we the people are the real government while office holders are our servants. But because of lack of understanding, we have them think they are in charge.

“We are here because of the progress of Imo, especially the youths who have people like me. The supreme court judges made a mistake and what we are doing here is to say there has been a miscarriage of justice. We are pleading with the justices that they should please reverse themselves on Imo.

“There is so much injustice in Nigeria. I know that part of government’s job is to protect citizens but what we see is systematic endemic injustice and we will stand together to fight it wherever we see it.”