Supreme Court Sacks Emeka Ihedioha, Declares Hope Uzodinma Winner of 2019 Imo State Governorship Election

All People’s Congress’ 2010 governorship candidate in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma

The Supreme Court has removed Emeka Ihedioha as Governor of Imo State, and declared Hope Uzodinma winner of the governorship election.

The Court also ordered INEC to issue Uzodinma with Certificate of Return.

In an unanimous Judgment on Tuesday the seven-man panel of the apex court in its decision held that Ihedioha did not win majority of votes cast at the March 9, 2019 governorship elections.

In the Judgment delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, the court accordingly ordered the INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Ihedioha and issue a fresh Certificate of Return to the candidate of the APC on grounds that he won majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.

The court held that the lower court erred in law when it rejected evidence tendered before them to the extent that votes from 388 polling units were not credited to APC and Hope Uzodinma.

The court also ordered the immediate swearing in of Uzodinma as winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo State.

Full judgment will be published on this blog in the coming days, God willing.

Source: The Guardian

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