Court adjourns case seeking Imo Gov Uzodinma’s sack

The Supreme Court has moved hearing on the application by the All Progressives Grand Alliance seeking to remove Hope Uzodinma from office as Imo state governor to December 5.

The apex court had fixed October 31, 2023, for the commencement of a hearing on the matter.

In 2020, APGA had filed an application where the party contended that there ought to have been a fresh election in the state after the apex court nullified the election of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate Emeka Ihedioha, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The party said the Supreme Court did not rule on the validity of Uzodinma’s candidacy since it was not challenged by Ihedioha and the PDP in the appeal.

Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Alhassan Umar, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, told the court that in line with the principles of fair hearing, the defendants needed to take sufficient time as allocated by the law to respond.

He argued that the plaintiff could not take the required time to file his processes only to ask the court to abridge the time for the respondents.

The judge also directed that hearing notices should be served on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) since the party was not represented in court.

Three years after the application was filed, the apex court fixed its hearing on Tuesday.

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