An application before the supreme court by the sacked Governor of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking to be restored as governor was today stroked out for lack of merit.
The apex court, on Tuesday, declined to restore Emeka Ihedioha of the as the Governor of Imo State.
In a decision by a seven-man panel of Justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, reinstated the judgement it gave on January 14, which declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress, APC, as the validly elected governor of Imo state.
The supreme court held that Ihedioha’s application to set-aside the judgement that removed him from office lacked merit.
In the lead verdict that was delivered by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the apex court, held that the application was an invitation for the Supreme Court to sit on appeal over its own final judgement.
The apex court however, refused to award cost against the Applicants.
Though, Justice Centus Nweze, a member of the apex court panel, disagreed with the lead verdict and gave a dissenting opinion that allowed Ihedioha’s application.
According to him, he was satisfied that the judgement that declared Uzodinma winner was entered in error.
Nweze further held that the apex court has a duty to in the interest of justice, set-aside its decision that was given in error.
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