Supreme Court Moves To Sack Uzodinma, Reinstate Ihedioha Over Electoral Fraud

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approached the supreme court with a fresh motion, seeking the removal of Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma from office.

It is expected that the apex court will fix hearing date for the motion soon.

Parties in the suit have already filed additional processes in relation to the motion and the PDP through its lawyer, Phillips Umeadi recently filed a fresh document requiring the apex court to set a date for hearing.

Information at the registry of the court revealed that the motion by the PDP for the supreme court to reverse its decision sacking Emeka Ihedioha is now ripe for hearing because some processes were recently filed by some of the parties.

It was gathered that the next step is for the deputy registrar (litigation) to liaise with the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) for a hearing date which would soon be communicated to all parties.

Listed as respondents to the motion on notice filed by the PDP in an earlier appeal by Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, marked: SC/1384/2019 are: Nwosu, the Action Peoples Party (APP), Uche Nnadi and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It is PDP’s contention that it was wrong for the court to declare Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the 9th March 2019 governorship election in Imo state after disqualifying Nwosu from contesting the election on the grounds that he allowed himself to be nominated as the governorship candidate of both the Action Alliance and APC for the same election.

PDP is seeking the court’s order to declare that both the AA and the APC did not sponsor any candidate for the election in view of Nwosu’s double nomination by the AA and APC and his subsequent disqualification by the court in its judgment given on 20th December 2019.

PDP also wants the court to order that Hope Uzodinma was not a candidate of any political party at the election: and to order INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to senator Hope Uzodinma.

The party is equally asking the court to order INEC to issue a certificate of return to its candidate in the election, Emeka Ihedioha as the duty elected Governor of Imo State, having scored the second highest number of votes in the election.