By Ayo Kehinde
The Supreme Court in Nigeria will on Monday hear the matter brought before it by Philip Umeadi, SAN, seeking for interpretation of the Court’s verdict on January 14, 2020, which declared Hope Uzodinma winner in the 2019 governorship election in Imo State.
Recall that the same Supreme Court had, in a judgment ruled out Senator Hope Uzodinma as a candidate for the March 13, 2019 governorship poll in Imo state.
The case was in respect of ex- governor Rochas Okorocha’s in-law, Uche Nwosu and Senator Hope Uzodinma over the candidacy of the All Progressives Congress ,AP). The apex court had ruled that Nwosu was the duly nominated candidate of the party for the 2019 Imo State governorship election, thus, ruling out Uzodinma as a candidate for the election.
Yet when the election petition of the APC against the election of Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State failed at the Election Petition Tribunal and Appeal Court until it got the Supreme Court on January 2020, the apex court in its ruling disqualified Nwosu for having both the nomination of the APC and Action Alliance (AA), which by implication, disqualified both parties from the election. But surprisingly, the Supreme Court went ahead to declare Senator Hope Uzodinma as the winner of the election.
Umeadi in his suit for hearing tomorrow, Monday, January 11, wants the Supreme Court, in line with the provisions of the law, explain to Nigerians, how Senator Hope Uzodinma contested and won the same election which he was not a candidate for, or how APC won the same election which its candidate was disqualified from for having the nomination of two political parties.
The Supreme Court may have to explain if Uzodinma contested the election as independent candidate. Should someone who was not a candidate in an election should be returned winner?