Ihedioha: PDP suffers serious defeat as Supreme Court rejects review of verdict on Imo


By Ohunenese Adewale

Supreme Court has dismissed Ihedioha’s application for review of its verdict on Imo governorship election.

The apex court had on January 14, sacked Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state – Ihedioha’s application for review was lacking in merit.

An end has finally come to the controversy that arose over the sacking of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state as the Supreme Court refused to reverse its judgement. Our Source reports that the apex court had on January 14, sacked Ihedioha and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Hope Uzodinma.

The embattled former governor and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), approached the Supreme Court to reverse its judgement, adding that the verdict was given in error.

Our Source also reports that after looking at the argument presented by the lawyers to Ihedioha and the PDP, the Supreme Court has dismissed the application for review of its January 14, judgement that sacked the former deputy speaker of House of Representatives.

The apex court said the review was lacking in merit. Channels TV also reports that a seven-man panel of judges led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammadu, dismissed the suit on Tuesday, March 3. Six of the judges on the panel agreed with the apex court’s verdict while Justice Chima Nweze gave a dissenting judgment, stressing that the decision ought to be reviewed. Justice Nweze held that the court has the power to overrule itself in a situation where such a judgment was not seen to have met the justice of the case.

He added that the Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, misled the court in arriving at the judgment which removed Ihedioha from office after about 10 months.

According to the judge, there is no evidence that Governor Uzodinma satisfied the required spread to have been declared the winner of the election.

He, therefore, told other judges on the panel that the judgment upholding Uzodinma’s victory in the March 9, 2019 poll would continue to haunt the nation’s electoral jurisprudence. Meanwhile, Our Source had earlier reported that the Supreme Court suspended proceedings after taking arguments from parties on the application by Ihedioha, for a review of the court’s.

The appeal court declared Uzodinma’s petition at the governorship election tribunal as incompetent and declared Ihedioha winner of the election held in Imo late last year. In another report, the Supreme Court declared on Wednesday, February 26, that in line with its rules, it shall not review any of its judgment and its decision is final no matter how anybody feels. The apex court stated that cases can only be reviewed if “there is a clerical mistake or some errors.”

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