End of the Road: Supreme Court throws out Ihedioha’s Review application

Sacked former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has been dealt another mighty blow my the Supreme Court of Nigeria as the apex court on Tuesday dismissed the application for review of its January 14, 2020 judgement which sacked him as governor.

The Apex Court review panel led by Chief Justice Tanko Mohammed dismissed the said review was lacking in merit.

Ihedioha and the PDP asked the justices to review their judgement on the Imo governorship election which ousted Ihedioha and installed Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress.

The appellants claimed that the judgment was obtained by fraud and urged the seven-man panel to reverse itself.

Lawyer to Mr. Ihedioha, Chief Kanu Agabi, in his argument, claimed that fraud was evident in the judgment, as the appellant, Hope Uzodinma, claimed he was excluded from 388 polling units but tendered results from only 366 polling units

He argued that the addition of votes from 388 polling units in favour of Senator Uzodinma exceeded the total number of accredited voters by 129,000 votes.

Countering the argument, Damian Dodo, lawyer to Governor Hope Uzodinma said the application to revisit, review or set aside the judgment of the court is an incompetent one lacking in merit.

He argued that the apex court lacks the jurisdiction to sit on appeal over any judgment delivered by the court except where cases of typographical errors or slips are noticed in the said judgment. In this case, no such errors have been established, he said.

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