Supreme Court upholds victory, dismisses Ihedioha’s application

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 3; in a split decision of six to one reaffirmed its earlier January 14 judgement; upholding the electoral victory of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

This means the case of the former governor, Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Uzodinma was dismissed.

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, who read the majority ruling; held the application was an invitation for the Supreme Court to sit on appeal over its final judgment in violation of the Constitution.

But in a split decision, another Justice of the panel allowed the application and set aside the January 14 judgment of the court.

Ihedioha, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had been declared the 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.

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.

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.

Uzodinma 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.


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