Supreme Court Sacks Emeka Ihedioha, Declares Uzodinma Winner
The Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad has sacked the Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha.
The decision was made on Tuesday by a Seven-man panel of the apex court.
The Supreme court declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Hope Uzodinma as the winner.
Emeka Ihedioha was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the governorship election that took place on March 9, 2019.
The details of decision were not known but Uodinma came fourth in the governorship election.
Premium Times report on Tuesday that the candidate of the Action Alliance, Mr Nwosu who came second in the election withdrew his suit which reportedly led to its dismissal by the judges.
Mr Nwosu had to withdraw his suit after the Supreme Court ruled that he was not a valid candidate for the election in December 2019.
Ihedioha polled 273,404 ahead of his closest rival and candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, who polled a total of 190,364.
Mr Nwosu is the son-in-law of the then governor, Rochas Okorocha, who strongly backed his candidacy.
The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ifeanyi Ararume came third ahead of Mr Uzondima of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The former polled 114, 676 while the latter polled 96,458.
On Tuesday at the Supreme court, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun read the lead judgement. She ordered that INEC should immediately withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha.
She ordered that a fresh certificate should be given to Uzodinma.
Justice Kekere-Ekun also directed that the APC candidate must be sworn in as the governor of Imo State as soon as possible.