Again, Supreme Court adjourns Imo judgment review application

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The Supreme Court has again adjourned till Tuesday the hearing of the application seeking the review of its judgment which reversed the outcome of the last governorship election in Imo State.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Emeka Ihedioha had filed an application on February 5, 2020 seeking to review the judgement of the apex court which removed him from office after about seven months of being inaugurated as the Imo State governor.

Meanwhile, in the disputed verdict which Ihedioha alleged was obtained by fraud, the Supreme Court installed the All Progressives Congress’ Hope Uzodinma, as Ihedioha’s replacement.

The judgment review application was on February 18 adjourned till Monday for hearing.

However,  seven-man panel of the court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, however, further adjourned the application till Tuesday, following a request by Ihedioha’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN).

Agabi said, “The matter was adjourned till today for hearing. But incidentally, we were served a process by the respondents in court this morning, which we must look at in order to respond.

“If it is convenient for you, my lords, permit us to come back tomorrow (Tuesday) so that we can look at the issues that may arise.”

Responding, Uzodinma’s lawyer,  Damien Dodo (SAN), said applicants were served Monday morning because they only filed and served their papers last Friday.

Dodo said save Agabi’s request, he was ready to proceed.

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s lawyer, Taminu Inuwa (SAN), too said he was ready to proceed with the hearing.

But the panel decided to adjourn the hearing till Tuesday.

 




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