All roads leads to Abuja from Imo, Sokoto and Benue States as the Supreme Court delivers judgment on appeals challenging the validity of the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha, Aminu Tambuwal and Samuel Ortom as governors of their respective states.
Ibrahim Gold, Director/HoD, Litigation, in a notice dated January 10, 2020, said the appeals would be listed for hearing before the Supreme Court of Nigeria on January 13, 2020.
In Imo, multiple appeals are contesting the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which upheld the decision of the election tribunal that agreed with the declaration of Ihedioha as governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A five-member panel of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal had dismissed all the three separate appeals challenging the victory of Emeka Ihedioha in the March 9 governorship election in Imo State.
The Justice Oyebisi Omoleye-led panel in a majority judgment held that the appeals lacked merit.
The appeals filed against the judgment of the Imo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which upheld the election of Ihedioha, include that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and his governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume; Action Alliance and its governorship candidate, Uche Nwosu; and that of the All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
In their various submissions, the appellants are asking the court to set aside the decision of the tribunal and declare them winner of the March 9 governorship election or in the alternative order INEC to conduct a fresh election.
The three-man panel of the tribunal had in an unanimous decision delivered on September 21 held that Ihedioha was lawfully declared winner of the governorship election by INEC.
Similarly, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had upheld the election of Governor Ortom and dismissed the appeal filed by the APC and its candidate in the poll, Emmanuel Jime, for lacking in merit.
The court also awarded N150,000 fine against Time.
Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto State was dragged before the Supreme Court over his re-election after the Tribunal and Appeal Courts had dismissed APC’s petition for lacking in merits on October 2 and November 22, 2019 respectively.
The four-member panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal Court, Sokoto Division in their unanimous judgment read by Presiding Justice Husseini Mukhtar agreed that the petition filed by APC and its candidate lacked merit.