Sign in
Download Opera News App

News Politics




Nigeria politics

[Opinion] Hope For Emeka Ihedioha's Return: Can Chief Phillip Umeadi's Suit Recover His Mandate?

It is common knowledge that since the Supreme Court removed Emeka Ihedioha from office as the Governor of Imo state, there have been several attempts to bring him back through the same court. It should be recalled that following the conclusion of the March 2019 Imo state governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Emeka Ihedioha winner for polling the highest number of valid votes cast.

Photo Credit: Facebook

In line with the results declared by INEC, Ihedioha, who contested and won the election under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was sworn in to office. However, his victory was disputed up to the Supreme Court by some of the candidates in the election. To the greatest surprise of many people within and outside the state, Ihedioha was removed by the Apex Court barely 8 months after he was sworn in.

Photo Credit: Facebook

Although Ihedioha's removal was not the first time that a sitting Governor will be sacked by the Supreme Court, the emergence of Senator Hope Uzodinma, who according to INEC results finished in a distant fourth position, caused stir. Arguably, the Supreme Court appeared to have forgotten its ruling on December 19, 2019, when it nullified Senator Hope Uzodinma's candidature for the election, and equally disqualified the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Uche Nwosu.

Photo Credit: Facebook

The judgement no doubt sparked reactions across the country, with the PDP and Ihedioha's supporters staging peaceful protests in some major cities in the country, including the FCT, Awka, and Owerri. Many people were of the view that Ihedioha's mandate handed over to him by Imo people, was forcefully taken away from him. The disagreement with the Supreme Court's declaration of Senator Hope Uzodinma, winner of the March 2019 Imo state governorship election, led to the emergence of the Chief Phillip Umeadi's suit demanding the sack of Hope Uzodinma.

Photo Credit: Facebook

The suit, which is premised on the Supreme Court's judgment that nullified the nomination of Senator Hope Uzodinma as APC candidate, is asking the Apex Court to enforce its judgment. This is not an attempt to question the removal of Ihedioha but to ask the for the enforcement of Uche Nwosu's judgement on the APC primaries. One of the points raised by Chief Phillip Umeadi's suit is that Senator Hope Uzodinma could not have won an election in which he was not nominated by any political party.

Photo Credit: Google Images

Considering that indeed, the Apex Court had ruled that Uche Nwosu, and not Senator Hope Uzodinma, is the duly nominated candidate of the APC, one may not be wrong to say that it would be almost impossible to justify any decision to retain the Governor as he cannot be said to have been validly nominated by any political party. On the other hand, following the Supreme Court's disqualification of Uche Nwosu for having been nominated by two political parties (APC and AA), it is arguable that the votes allocated to APC could be declared invalid.

Photo Credit: Facebook

Based on the Supreme Court's judgement on the March 2019 Bayelsa state governorship election where the runner-up, PDP was declared winner following the disqualification of APC candidate and his running mate, one may not be wrong to think that the disqualification of Uche Nwosu has also disqualified the APC from the March 2019 Imo state governorship election. With this in mind, we may begin to ask if, truly, the Chief Phillip Umeadi's suit could be able to recover Emeka Ihedioha's mandate.

Content created and supplied by: Homopoliticus_Bosco (via Opera News )

Emeka INEC Ihedioha Independent National Electoral Commission Peoples Democratic


Load app to read more comments