The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, turned down the appeal to restore Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 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, the Supreme court reinstated its judgement on January 14, declaring Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress, APC, as the validly elected governor of Imo state.
In its lead verdict delivered by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the apex court, held that Ihedioha’s application to set-aside the judgement that removed him from office lacked merit because 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.
Justice Centus Nweze, a member of the panel, however disagreed with the lead verdict and gave a dissenting opinion that allowed Ihedioha’s application.
Nweze said he was satisfied that the judgement that declared Uzodinma winner was entered in error.
He held that the apex court has a duty to in the interest of justice, set-aside its decision that was given in error.