Supreme Court sacks Ihedioha

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The Supreme Court has declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as Governor of Imo State.

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The seven-member panel of justices held that Emeka Ihedioha was not duly elected governor.

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A seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, unanimously declared Uzodinma as winner of the March 9, 2019, governorship election and the validly elected governor of the state.

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Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, who read the lead judgment, ordered that the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha be immediately withdrawn.

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She directed that a fresh certificate of return should be issued to Uzodinma.

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She also directed that he must be immediately sworn in as the governor of Imo State.

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Earlier, the issue of candidacy of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo State had forced one of the candidates, Uche Nwosu, to withdraw his appeal at the Supreme Court.

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Nwosu, who decamped to the Action Alliance, AA, before the election, was said to have also been presented by a faction of the APC as the party’s candidate in the election.

At the resumed hearing of the appeals from Imo State, Nwosu’s counsel, Solomon Umoh, SAN, informed the apex court panel that he has advised his client to withdraw since the apex court had on December 20 disqualified him for laying claim to two political party nominations.

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