Ihedioha vs Uzodinma: Supreme Court revisits Imo judgement

Ihedioha vs Uzodinma: Supreme Court revisits Imo judgement

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Today, the Supreme Court will take a second look at its January 15 controversial judgment, which upturned the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party as Imo State Governor and the declaration of Hope Uzodinma of the All progressives Congress, APC, as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in the Eastern Heartland State.
The decision by the apex court to review its judgment came following the protest by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Uche Secondus, on the need for the court to revisit its earlier verdict.

As Nigerians and the world at large await the final review of the Supreme Court judgement, NEWSFEED.NG takes a critical look at the chances of both candidates and what may play out at the end of the verdict.

Ihedioha: The journey to Douglas House

Chief Emeka Ihedioha’s journey to the Douglas House became an easy ride when Uche Nwosu, the anointed candidate and son-inlaw to immediate past governor, Rochas Okorocha was denied the APC ticket.

The defection of Nwosu to a little known Action Alliance made the journey smooth for Ihedioha, who was the Deputy Speaker of the 8th Green Chamber.

Predictably, the Independent National Electoral Commission, on March 12, 2019 declared Ihedioha winner after polling 273,404 ahead of his closest rival and candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, who polled a total of 190,364.

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ifeanyi Ararume came third ahead of Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The former polled 114, 676 while the latter polled 96,458.

Surprisingly, Uzodinma, who came fourth approached the tribunal on the ground that his results in some polling units were illegally cancelled.

The tribunal and the appellate court threw out his petition on the ground that it lacked merit and was not substantial enough to give him victory.

Dissatisfied with the lower courts verdicts, Uzodinma stormed the apex court for a final shot.

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Exactly 230 days into his government, a controversial judgment by the apex court announced a new government in Imo following the nullification of the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of Imo State.

The apex court declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state.

In the unanimous judgment of the seven-member panel, read by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, the apex court agreed that results in 388 polling units were unlawfully excluded during the collation of the final governorship election result in Imo State.

Justice Kekere-Ekun said with the results from the 388 polling units added, Mr Uzodinma polled a majority of the lawful votes and ought to have been declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Amazingly, the judge did not provide the details of the new votes scored by each of the candidates after the addition of the results from the 388 polling units. This development left many Nigerians confused.

Of course, the judgment was greeted with mixed reactions, with most Nigerians faulting the apex court for the verdict.

The victim of the apex court sledge hammer, the Peoples Democratic Party, led by its chairman, Uche Secondus stormed the streets in protest of the controversial judgement, thus, demanding the Supreme Court to set aside its judgment.

However, documents obtained by NEWSFEED.NG showed that the Collation Officer, Prof. B.C. Ozunda, had announced a total number of registered voters in Imo to be: 2,037,569

He also said 585,741 were accredited while a total number of 542,777 votes were cast. Valid votes were 511,586 and rejected votes were 31,191.

The arithmetic

A quick look at the results of the three main contenders showed that

Ihedioha got 273,404 votes

Nwosu polled 190,364 votes

In the meantime, the Supreme Court will take a second look at its January 15 controversial judgment, which upturned the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party as Imo State Governor and the declaration of Hope Uzodinma of the All progressives Congress, APC, as the winner of the March 9 governorship election in the Eastern Heartland State

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