IMO STATE: Will Supreme Court Reverse Itself as Ihedioha’s Application is Heard Today?

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Uzidinma, Ihedioha, Supreme Court, Application for review

The Supreme Court of Nigeria will today (Tuesday) consider the application of the former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha challenging the decisions of the court that ousted him from office, and asking for a review of the judgement.

Ihedioha and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had in an application dated February 5, 2020 asked the apex court to set aside its judgement of January 14, which nullified his victory in the March 9, 2019 election and declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progessive Alliance (APC) winner of the election after he presented excluded results from 388 polling units.

A seven-member panel of justices presided by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, held that Ihedioha was not validly elected as governor by majority of lawful votes cast in the election. The panel therefore ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha and a fresh certificate of return be issued to Uzodinma forthwith and “he should be sworn in as governor immediately.”

In the main judgment read by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, the apex court held that Uzodinma proved the allegation of exclusion of results in 388 polling units of the state where he scored 213,695 votes.

The Supreme Court is now set to hear the fresh application by the ousted governor, Ihedioha challenging the January 14 judgement.

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