It is no longer news that Chief Phillip Umeadi (SAN) instituted a suit at the Supreme Court against the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma. The suit which is demanding that the Supreme Court enforce its judgement on the APC primary election for the March 2019 Imo State Governorship election is one that many have been looking forward to. It can be recalled that the Chief Phillip Umeadi suit is premised on the ruling of the Supreme Court which affirmed Uche Nwosu as the validly nominated candidate of APC, a judgment that equally led to his disqualification for having dual nomination (APC and AA).
Since the emergence of the Chief Phillip Umeadi suit, many have argued that the Imo State Governor may have come to the end of the road as by the implication of Uche Nwosu disqualification, APC as a political party has also been disqualified. Also, some have equally argued that Senator Hope Uzodinma who lost his candidacy to Uche Nwosu could not have won an election in which he was never part of by law. As such, all eyes have arguably been on the Supreme Court to see how the Apex court will handle this matter.
It can be recalled that the January 14, 2020 Supreme Court judgment that brought in Senator Hope Uzodinma as the Executive Governor of Imo State has continued to receive series of criticisms due to what many perceived to be an injustice. As such, when it was announced that the Supreme Court would be sitting on Chief Phillip Umeadi suit against the Governor on January 11, 2021, many looked forward to see what the outcome will be. However, with the Court not sitting on the scheduled date, the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma could be on extra time.
It can be recalled that it was the same Supreme Court who declared Uche Nwosu as the winner of APC primaries, defeating his nearest rival, Senator Hope Uzodinma. As such, the judgment left Senator Hope Uzodinma as no candidate for the election. Again, with Uche Nwosu disqualification, APC was automatically disqualified from the same election. With all these in mind, and the fact that Chief Phillip Umeadi is not disputing the Supreme Court judgment, asking the Supreme Court to enforce her judgment on APC primaries between Uche Nwosu and Senator Hope Uzodinma could bring to an end, the Governor's reign in Imo State. Therefore, whatever delay that the Governor could get before the judgment is enforced, is arguably, an extra time for him.
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