The Supreme Court has suspended proceedings after taking arguments from parties on the application by the sacked Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha for a review of the court’s January 14, 2020 judgment, sacking him.
A seven-man panel of the court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Muhammad announced a moment ago that the court will rise to return later for its decision.
An official of the court later returned to announce that the decision of the court on the application will be rendered today at 3pm.
Lawyer to Ihedioha and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kanu Agabi (SAN) while arguing his client’s case prayed the court to set aside its January 14th judgment and restore the judgement of the Court of Appeal which the Supreme had voided.
Dodo argued that the court is not empowered under any known law to set aside its judgment as prayed by Ihedioha.
He argued that instances where the Supreme Court could correct its judgment are where there are identified typographical errors or slip, which do not reflect the intention of the court.
Lawyer to the defendent Mr. Hope Uzodinma, who took over reigns of power from the plaintiff Mr. Ihedioha as governor, Damian Dodo (SAN) prayed the court to dismiss the plaintiff’s application and retain its earlier judgement.
Dodo argued that the application by Ihedioha is an affront to the court’s dignity and creates the impression that the court was not thorough and did not think through its judgment before delivering it.
The courtroom was packed with lawyers and politicians who were mostly members of both APC and the PDP.
Among notable faces were Chairmen of both parties, Adams Oshiomhole and Uche Secondus. Also sighted was former Minister of Foreign Affairs Viola Onwuliri.