Hope Uzodinma

The Supreme Court on Tuesday voided the election of Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo State and announced Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the election.

Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Tanko  Muhammad led a seven-man panel of the Supreme Court to sack Ihedioha.

The judgment was unanimous as the judges held that Uzodinma won the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo State.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, who read the lead judgment, ordered that the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha be immediately withdrawn and directed that a fresh certificate of return be issued to Uzodinma.

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Kekere-Ekun said Uzodinma must be immediately sworn in as the Governor of Imo State.

In the election held in March, Mr the INEC declared Ihedioha of the PDP as winner, having polled 273,404 ahead of his closest rival and candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, who polled a total of 190,364.

The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ifeanyi Ararume came third ahead of Mr Uzondima of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The former polled 114, 676 while the latter polled 96,458.

By the new computation, Uzodinma recorded additional 236,600 votes in the 318 units, thus bringing his total votes to 333,058, more than the 273,404 votes declared for Ihedioha.

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The claim was his smoking gun that he had deployed vainly at the Governorship election Tribunal and the Appeal Court.

However, the Supreme Court will release details of the judgment later.