Raji Rahman with agencies
The Supreme Court has stood down the appeal challenging the election of Emeka Ihedioha as Governor of Imo State for judgement.
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and presiding Justice of a seven-member panel of Justices of the apex court, Justice Ibrahim Mohammad stood down the appeal for judgment shortly after counsel representing parties in the appeal adopted their written statements as brief of their arguments in the appeal.
According to THISDAY, the appeal was filed by candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in the March 9 governorship election in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma and his party, APGA, and is praying the apex court to sack Ihedioha from office over alleged act of irregularities and non compliance with the electoral laws which according to the appeallants marred the credibility of the election.
While the appeallants urged the apex court to allow the appeal and set aside the declaration of Ihedioha as winner of the governorship poll in Imo State, the respondents however urged the court to dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit.
After listening to their submissions for and against the appeal, the CJN said, “Appeal is stood down for Judgment”.
Meanwhile, the candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, withdrew his second appeal filed against the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha before the Supreme Court.
According to his counsel, Mr. Solomon Umoh (SAN), the withdrawal on Tuesday is based on the judgment of the apex court delivered on the 20th of December 2019.
The apex court canceled out the candidature of Mr. Nwosu under the flagship of the Action Alliance (AA) over the double nomination.
According to Channelstv.com, Mr. Nwosu had won the nomination to contest under the All Progressives Congress (APC), but the internal wrangling within the ruling party made it impossible for him to be presented as the party’s candidate, which necessitated his defection to AA at the last minute.