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3 Reasons Why The Recent Move To Sack Gov. Hope Uzodinma Failed At Federal High Court

Since the Supreme Court declared Senator Hope Uzodinma winner of the March 2019 Imo state governorship election, several efforts have been made by members of the opposition to upturn the judgement and remove the Governor from office. Senator Hope Uzodinma's emergence as Imo state Governor has been a subject of debate, despite having spent about 18 months in office.

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Even when many people believe that the case has been settled for good, we have continued to witness more attempts to sack Hope Uzodinma from office. The Governor's position cannot be said to have been cemented until the Supreme Court decides on the suit brought before it by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its counsel, Chief Phillip Umeadi (SAN).

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While many are arguably looking forward to Umeadi's suit, Vanguard Newspaper has reported the failure of another move to sack Governor Hope Uzodinma. As obtained, the suit, brought by one Mcfyne Chikwedu, was seeking the sack of Governor Hope Uzodinma and his deputy, Professor Placid Njoku, on the ground that Senator Hope Uzodinma did not meet the constitutional requirements to be declared Governor.

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It was gathered that the suit was recently dismissed by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, describing it as dead on arrival. Arguably, many people may be wondering why such a suit failed to stand in the court. However, as obtained from the Vanguard, below are three reasons why the recent move by Mcfyne Chikwedu to sack Governor Hope Uzodinma failed.

1. The High Court Cannot Rule On An Election Conducted By INEC

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It is common knowledge that after election, aggrieved parties go to Election Petition Tribunal, and not the Federal High Court. However, Mcfyne and his counsel approached the Federal High Court seeking to upturn the result of an election that was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Arguably, it is not within the jurisdiction of the High Court to sit on such suit. With this, one can understand why Justice Taiwo Taiwo alleged that his Court was not an election petition tribunal.

2. The Plaintiff Lacks The Locus Standi To Bring The Suit To Court

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The second reason why the move failed is that the Plaintiff is not a party to the Imo state election matters and lacks the capacity to bring such suit to the Court. This is what Justice Taiwo Taiwo was referring to when he said that the plaintiff lacks the locus standi to bring such matter to the court.

3. Imo State Governorship Election Has Already Been Decided By The Supreme Court

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It is also common knowledge that in Justice administration there is a hierarchy of Courts. The Supreme Court is at the Apex of the Judicial system and its judgement is regarded as final. Therefore, any case that has been decided by the Supreme Court cannot be returned to the High Court to be litigated upon. Arguably, the January 14, 2020, Supreme Court judgment on Imo state governorship election matters has ruled out any chance that the High or Appeal Court could sit on it again.

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Based on these reasons, Justice Taiwo Taiwo described the move by Mcfyne Chikwedu to sack Governor Hope Uzodinma and his deputy, Professor Placid Njoku, as dead on arrival, and also awarded a fine of about N250,000 against the plaintiff.

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