…As Apex Court Constitutes Panel
There is renewed tension in Imo State, as the Supreme Court of Nigeria has fixed October 21 for hearing of the matter brought before it on the Imo State 2019 Governorship election.
The Agenda Online gathered that a 6-man Panel of the apex Court has been constituted to look into the merit of the matter, with a view to interpreting and enforcing its earlier judgement on Imo State.
A former staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC, Phillip Umeadi, SAN , had approached the apex court for interpretation of its judgement of December 20, 2019 on the candidacy of the ruling All Progressives Congress
Umeadi’s argument is that the All Progressives Congress-APC never had a candidate for the 2019 governorship election, in view of the apex court’s 20th December 2019 ruling, declaring Chief Uche Nwosu governorship candidate of the party, but went ahead to disqualify him on the ground of double nomination.
Umeadi’s prayer before the Supreme Court, being Nigeria’s apex court cannot probate and reprobate on the same matter, since the factual record is domiciled in the same Supreme Court.
He further explained that prior to the Imo Governorship election, the Supreme Court in one of its judgments had affirmed that APC had not candidate.
According to him, Chief Uche Nwosu of Action Alliance, AA, in the “Purported” election had suffered a penalty of disqualification for being a “dual candidate” of AA and APC, since he procured the Interest Forms of both political parties.
Following this situation, “Nwosu was technically knocked out by Law and was never a candidate in that election”.
Therefore Umeadi’s plank of argument is hinged on how the incumbent Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, later emerged the candidate of the same APC, which the Supreme Court had hitherto ruled as not having a candidate due to Uche Nwosu’s “double registration” and eventual disqualification by the Supreme Court.
The Agenda Online gathered that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which stands to gain or lose, depending on the outcome of the matter, has officially been joined and served in the matter.