The Supreme Court of Nigeria, on Tuesday, threw out the review application case filed by the former governor of Imo State, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, asking the court to restore him as the Governor of the tate.
In a decision that was taken by a seven-man panel of Justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, maintained the judgement the apex court gave on January 14, which declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress, APC, as the validly elected governor of Imo state.
The verdict which was delivered by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, held that Ihedioha’s application lacked merit.
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola stated further that the application was an invitation for the Supreme Court to sit on appeal over its own final judgement.
Although the application was dismissed, the apex court did not award cost against the Applicants.
However, a member of the apex court panel, Justice Centus Nweze, disagreed with the lead verdict and gave a dissenting opinion that allowed Ihedioha’s application.
Nweze said he was satisfied that the judgement that declared Uzodinma winner was entered in error.
Justice Nweze explained further that the Supreme court has a duty to in the interest of justice, set-aside its decision that was given in error, which it had failed to do so in this case.