Imo Governorship Elections: Court Suspends Proceedings
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 verdict. A seven-man panel of the court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad announced that the court would rise to return later for its decision.
Ihedioha's lawyer Kanu Agabi (SAN), while arguing his client's case, appealed to the court to set aside its January 14 judgment and restore the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which the Supreme Court had voided.
Lawyer to Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who replaced Ihedioha as Imo state governor, Damian Dodo (SAN) prayed the court to retain its judgment and refuse the request by Ihedioha. 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. The courtroom was packed with lawyers and politicians, who are mostly members of both APC and the PDP. Among those present at the court were, Adams Oshiomhole, Uche Secondus and former minister of foreign affairs, Viola Onwuliri.