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Ihedioha Vs Uzodinma: Anxiety grip APC, PDP as Supreme Court gives final judgement

The Supreme Court will today, Monday, March 2, may likely to deliver the review of the judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha as Imo State Governor.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had filed the application for seeking review of the judgment that sacked Emeka Ihedioha as Imo State Governor.

The Supreme Court last week, Tuesday, delivered a similar judgement in the application filed by sacked Bayelsa State governor-elect, David Lyon and the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The court on Tuesday struck out the appeal filed by the APC, for the review of the Bayelsa Governorship election, saying that the applicants failed to point out errors in the earlier judgement, insisting that the judgment is final for all ages, saying that no court can fault or reverse it.

The case, however, did not end in favour of the applicants as the court refused to reverse itself but rather, upheld its earlier judgement that installed Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s Douye Diri as governor.

APC and Lyon’s lawyers, Chief Afe Babalola SAN and Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN were also fined for bringing the application before the court.

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In today’s case, Ihedioha and PDP’s application, filed by Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN)-led legal team is praying the apex court to set aside its judgment as a nullity as it was obtained by fraud in a suit of appeals Nos: SC. 1462/2019; SC/1470/2019; CA/OW/GOV/05/2019 and petition No: EPT/GOV/IM/08/2019 between Senator Hope Uzodinma of the APC and Emeka Ihedioha, the Peoples Democratic Party and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ihedioha submitted that “the Appellants/Respondents (Uzodinma), fraudulently misled this court into holding that a total of 213,495 votes were unlawfully excluded from the votes scored by the 1st appellant/respondent in the gubernatorial election of March 9, 2019 in Imo State.

“The first appellant/Respondent admitted under cross-examination that he was the person (and not the third Respondent [INEC] or any of its officials) who computed the result that gave him the 213,495 votes alleged to have been excluded from his total votes in the election.”

However, in his objection dated February 6, 2020, Uzodinma told the court to strike out the application filed by the PDP and its candidate, Ihedioha.

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Uche Emmanuel

Uche Emmanuel is a seasoned editor and reporter. He graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State. He studied Psychology. A blogger for the past 5 years.

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