The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday, February 3, has said the commission cannot amend the Supreme Court verdict, in which declared Hope Uzodinma as the authentic governor of Imo State.
The commission, which stated that it would not speculate on any issue about the apex court’s verdict, also said it was not in a position to review, amend or add to it.
The Newsflash247 online news portal had reported that, the Supreme Court sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, as the Imo State governor and declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC as the winner of the 2019 poll
In an interview with the Punch in Abuja on Monday, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made the clarification that the Supreme Court of Nigeria, being the final court in governorship petitions.
Okoye was reacting to insinuations that the Supreme Court judgment, which brought Uzodinma to power, was constitutionally defective as he reportedly did not get the spread of 25 per cent of the votes in two-thirds of the local government areas in Imo State, according to Section 179 (2) (a) and (b) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
He said, “The Supreme Court of Nigeria, being the final court in governorship petitions, has given its verdict. The commission is not in a position and is not permitted to review, amend or add to the judgment.