The Supreme Court has adjourned to Tuesday, March 3, 2020; for judgement on the review filed by Emeka Ihedioha on the outcome of the Imo Governorship election.
Ihedioha, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had been declared winner of the Imo Governorship election; held on March 9, 2019. Also, his election had been upheld by the Imo State Election Petition Tribunal; as well as the Appeal Court. However, the Supreme Court had set aside the judgment of both courts and declared Hope Uzodinma winner of the election. The apex court took the decision on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Equally important, Uzodinma is the standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Subsequently, Ihedioha and the PDP had challenged the judgement of the apex court which sacked him as Governor. An application for a review of the judgment was requested which was granted by the Supreme Court.
The initial sitting of the Supreme Court to review the judgment was held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
At the hearing today, lawyer to Mr Ihedioha, Mr Kanu Agabi; filed an application stating that he needs a little time to file some processes before the Court.
Lawyers to Governor Hope Uzodinma and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not oppose the application.
The seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed; after listening to all the parties, had subsequently adjourned the hearing to today, March 2, 2020.
Dissatisfied with the verdict of the apex court, Ihedioha, through his legal team; approached the Supreme Court in a motion on notice dated Feb. 5, seeking to nullify the judgment delivered by the Court on Jan. 14.
Ihedioha contended that the judgment sought to be set aside is a nullity in that it was delivered; without jurisdiction by reason of the following.
Ihedioha and PDP held that the apex court did not have the jurisdiction to declare that Uzodinma was duly elected. This is in the absence of any proof that the votes ascribed to him met the mandatory geographical spread; stipulated in section 179 (2) of the constitution.
Uzodimma and APC’s preliminary objection against Ihedioha was brought pursuant to Section 6(6)(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
The objection raised and argued the competence of the motion and the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the same and; therefore urged the apex court to strike out the motion filed by Ihedioha.