Imo Guber Tussle: Ihedioha Loses At Supreme Court
From Uche Igbokwe
The appeal filed by Chief Emeka Ihedioha against the unanimous ruling of the Hon Court of Appeal justices on his appeal over Hon Samuel Anyanwu’s suit challenging the outcome of the Imo state PDP gubernatorial primaries held on the 1st of October 2018 came up today at the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
At the commencement of the proceedings this morning, parties announced their appearances viz; K. C.O. Njemanze SAN leading L M Alozie for Emeka Ihedioha ( the Appellant), Nnawuchi SAN leading two other Nnawuchis, for the PDP ( 1st Respondent ) Obasi -Obi Esq. for INEC (2nd Respondent) and Paul Erokoro SAN, leading Uche Igbokwe, Ik Udeozor & Asika Ilobi for Most Dist. Senator Samuel Anyanwu, (the 3rd Respondent ).
Chief K. C. O. Njemanze drew the attention of the apex court court that he was served with the preliminary objectives raise by Samdaddy’s lawyer Erokoro SAN on Saturday but had no time to reply to it hence he applied for 10 minutes to respond to issues raised there in.
At this juncture, Paul Erokoro for Samdaddy, applied to withdraw his preliminary objections to allow the matter to go on.
There was no objection from Njemanze or any other counsel so the preliminary objections were struck out accordingly.
Chief Njemanze adopted his address as filed and urged the court to uphold his appeal.
Chief Nnawuchi supported counsel to the appellant but was directed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria not to mislead the court by supporting the upholding of the appeal since he did not file any appeal enquiring what he is teaching the juniors.
The judges advised him to comply by withdrawing his position which he did.
Obasi-Obi for INEC adopted his written address praying the court to dismiss the appeal and allow continuation of the matter by the Federal High Court.