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Minority Judgement Nullifies Uzodinma declaration as Governor of Imo state

The Minority Judgement of Supreme Court has nullified the emergence of Governor Hope Uzodinma as Governor of Imo state.

Justice Centus Nweze in his dissenting judgment set aside the judgment of the Supreme Court as a nullity.

He held that the court was misled in declaring Hope Uzodinma as governor and subsequently ordered his removal from office.

According to him, Uzodinma failed to give evidence of how he won the election.

He held that the votes which was used to declare Uzodinma winner was in excess of the accredited votes for the election.

IHEDIOHA VS UZODIMMA: THE MINORITY JUDGEMENT

While Six of the judges on the panel dismissed Ihedioha’s review, Justice Chima Nweze gave a dissenting judgment, stressing that the decision ought to be reviewed.

Justice Nweze held that the court has the power to overrule itself in a situation where such a judgment was not seen to have met the justice of the case.

He added that the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, misled the court in arriving at the judgment which removed Ihedioha from office after about 10 months.

According to Justice Nweze, there is no evidence that Governor Uzodinma satisfied the required spread to have been declared the winner of the election.

He, therefore, told other judges on the panel that the judgment upholding Uzodinma’s victory in the March 9, 2019 poll would continue to haunt the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.

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