Senator Hope Uzodinma is banking on technicalities and has asked the supreme court to dismiss the application filed by ousted Imo State governor, Emeka Ihedioha, who is demanding a review of the judgement that sacked him from office.
In a preliminary objection filed against Ihedioha’s application, Uzodinma and the All Progressives Congress (APC) argues that the apex court cannot review its judgement once given.
According to the respondents, Ihedioha’s application is an abuse of court process.
“The application constitutes an invitation to the Supreme Court to sit on appeal over its final decision,” the application read.
“Order 8 Rule 16 of the Supreme Court Rules 2014 prohibits the apex court from reviewing its judgement once given and delivered, save to correct clerical mistakes or accidental slip.
“The judgement sought to be set aside having been given effect by the inauguration of Uzodinma as Governor of Imo, this Honourable court lacks the jurisdiction to grant the prayer sought.”
But Ihedioha is telling the court that Hope Uzodinma fraudulently misled the court by tendering fake results.
The supreme court has fixed Tuesday for hearing of Ihedioha’s application.
The apex court had in a controversial January 14 judgement declared Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of the state, holding that results from 388 polling units were excluded when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the final tally in March 2019.