In a significant turn of events, Emeka Ihedioha’s quest for a certificate of return as the rightful governor of Imo State, on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been unequivocally denied by the Supreme Court.
Governor Hope Uzodinma’s eligibility for the election has been upheld, concluding a legal saga that questioned the very foundations of the electoral process.
the Supreme Court dismissed Emeka Ihedioha’s plea, asserting that Governor Hope Uzodinma was indeed qualified to run for the election.
Ihedioha contended that Uche Nwosu had previously been declared by the court as the rightful candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), thus disqualifying Uzodinma.
However, Justice Tijjani Abubakar, in a verdict delivered on Tuesday, deemed the motion as lacking merit, describing it as needless and vexatious.
The court further imposed a cost of N40 million against Mike Ozekhome for initiating the motion.
Emeka Ihedioha, representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), insisted that Governor Hope Uzodinma lacked the qualifications to participate in the election.
His argument hinged on the court’s prior declaration of Uche Nwosu as the rightful candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ihedioha asserted that this ruling inherently disqualified Uzodinma.
Justice Tijjani Abubakar, delivering the Supreme Court’s verdict, categorically dismissed Ihedioha’s plea.
The court deemed the motion as lacking merit, emphasizing its unnecessary and vexatious nature.
This ruling solidifies Governor Hope Uzodinma’s legitimacy as the elected governor of Imo State.
The imposition of a N40 million cost against Mike Ozekhome serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the financial consequences of bringing forth motions deemed lacking in merit by the judiciary.