Ihedioha to challenge Supreme Court judgement on Imo Gubernatorial

Ihedioha to challenge Supreme Court judgement on Imo Gubernatorial

Sacked governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will on Monday, January 27; seek a review of the Supreme Court judgement which declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor of the state.

An associate of Ihedioha, Dr Manzo Abubakar disclosed this in Abuja at a press conference; in which a group of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) queried the rationale behind the Supreme Court’s decision.

Abubakar, who said he is the Executive Director of the Abuja Discussion Group (ADG); said Ihedioha’s legal team will be at Supreme Court to seek a review of the judgment.

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He further revealed that the decision by Ihedioha to return to the apex court was part of effort; to deepen the nation’s democracy and explore democratic means of ensuring justice.

He said, “The judgment will go down in infamy and may make Nigeria a laughing stock in the comity of nations, if not reviewed.”

Abubakar also added that Section 176(2b) of the constitution is clear that to be declared as governor; a candidate must have not only the majority of total votes cast but also 1/4 of the votes in 2/3 of the local governments of the state.

The CSOs noted that the Supreme Court has denied Imo people the opportunity to choose their leaders; adding that, “We sympathise with their Lordships, as mortals who are not infallible.

“To err is human. It would be practically impossible for any human to have read briefs and record of proceedings exceeding 5000 pages in the matter within 2 hours after hearing; when it also had the pressure of time to deliver judgment in the remaining pending governorship appeals. No doubt, this accounted for the mistakes made by the Supreme court”, the group stated.

The group said the apex court is left with no other option than to review and reverse the anomaly in the judgment; even if it means applying a judicial doctrine of necessity.

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