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‘My Lords, reverse yourselves’: Ihedioha back in Supreme Court

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Ousted Imo state governor Chief Emeka Ihedioha is back in the Supreme Court, with a prayer to the justices to set aside the judgment they delivered on Jan. 14, nullifying his election and declaring Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner.

Ihedioha made the request in an application filed on his behalf and the PDP by their lawyer Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN.

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They brought their application pursuant to Section 6 (6) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Section 22 of the Supreme Court Act, 2004.

The application was supported with an affidavit sworn to by a Uchenna Njoku, a lawyer

Njoku said that the apex court was misled into giving that judgment, describing the apex court judgment as a nullity, and asked that the decision be set aside.

Ihedioha and the PDP claimed that Gov. Uzodinma and his party fraudulently misled the apex court into holding that 213,495 votes were unlawfully excluded from the votes they scored in the governorship election held on March 9, 2019.

They said that Uzodinma, while under cross-examination, admitted that he was the person, who computed the result that gave him the 213,495 votes alleged to have been excluded from his total votes in the election and not INEC.

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According to them, “The fraudulent nature of the additional votes was demonstrated by the fact that the total votes cast as shown in the first appellant/respondent’s computation was more than the total number of voters accredited for the election and in some polling units more than the total number of registered voters.

The fraud was also demonstrated by the fact that the result computed by the first appellant/respondent showed only the votes of the first applicant and the first appellant/respondent without specifying the votes scored by the other 68 candidates who participated in the election.”

They further argued that the judgment, “which is a nullity ought to be set aside because it was given per incuriam, meaning the previous court judgment failed to pay attention to relevant statutory provision or precedents.

They argued the judgment is a nullity having been delivered without jurisdiction.

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They also said that by Exhibit A1, the total number of voters accredited for the election was 823, 743 while the total valid votes cast was 731, 485.

Part of their argument was that the inclusion of 213, 695 votes for the first appellant/respondent, made the total number of votes cast at the election to be more than the total number of votes accredited for the election.

The applicants, among other grounds, argued that the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal dismissing Uzodinma’s petition as incompetent continues to subsist as the appeal against that decision was not considered by the apex court.

The Supreme Court had on January 14 nullified the victory of Ihedioha, who was earlier declared the winner by INEC.

The apex court declared Uzodinma winner of the election in a unanimous judgment of the seven-member panel, read by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun.

The court agreed that results in 388 polling units were unlawfully excluded during the collation of the final governorship election result in Imo State.

Kekere-Ekun said that with the results from the 388 polling units added, Uzodinma polled a majority of the lawful votes and ought to have been declared the winner of the election by the.

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