Supreme Court strikes out Ihedioha’s suit against Gov Uzodinma

The Supreme Court has declined an application filed by Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to sack Imo State governor Hope Uzodinma on grounds that he wasn’t validly nominated to run in 2019.
A five-man panel of the court, led by Justice John Okoro, dismissed the application for being unnecessary, vexatious, irritating and for lacking in merit, stating that the apex court lacks jurisdiction to attend to the matter with the 60-day period for doing so having elapsed.
Though the main appeal was brought before the apex court by Uche Nwosu, the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, in the 2019 election, however, the PDP, and Ihedioha, who won the said contest, applied to be joined as interested parties in the matter.
The PDP and Uzodinma prayed the Apex Court to give effect to its 2019 decision that disqualified Nwosu on the ground that he was nominated by both the AA and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to contest the election.
The Appellants argued that if the apex court recognised Nwosu as candidate of the APC, there was no legal basis for its subsequent judgment that sacked Ihedioha and declared Uzodinma who was also sponsored by the same APC, as the valid winner of the governorship poll.
In dismissing the application of the PDP, the Court awarded a fine of N40 million against Mike Ozekhome, counsel to Ihedioha.

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