The Supreme Court has suspended the proceedings till 3 p.m today after taking arguments from both parties on the application by the sacked Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha for a review of the court’s January 14, 2020 judgment, sacking him.
Ihedioha and the PDP, in their applications are asking the court for a review of the judgment which sacked him and the party as governor of Imo State.
A seven-man panel of the court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad announced, a moment ago, that the court will rise to return later for its decision.
Ihedioha’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN) argued that fraud is evident in the judgment.
He pointed that for instance while the appellant, Uzodinma, claimed he was excluded from 388 polling units, he only tendered results from only 366 polling units during the trial of the petition at the Tribunal.
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Lawyer to Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who replaced Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State, Damian Dodo (SAN) prayed the court to retain its judgment and refuse the request by Ihedioha.
Dodo argued that the court is not empowered under any known law to set aside its judgment as prayed by Ihedioha.
He also said that the court lacks the jurisdiction to sit on appeal over its own judgment except in cases of typographical errors or slips.
According to The Nation, the courtroom was packed with lawyers and politicians, who are mostly members of both APC and the PDP.
Among notable faces are Chairmen of both parties, Adams Oshiomhole and Uche Secondus. Also sighted was former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri.
The Supreme Court has said it will deliver judgment by 3 p.m