By Andy Chukwu
The Supreme Court on Tuesday voided the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of Imo State.
A seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, unanimously declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 9, 2019, governorship election and the validly elected governor of the state.
Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, who read the lead judgment, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Ihedioha and issue a fresh Certificate of Return to Uzodinma on grounds that he won majority of the lawful votes cast at the election.
The court held that the lower court erred in law when it rejected evidence tendered before them to the extent that votes from 388 polling units were not credited to APC and Hope Uzodinma.
Kekere-Ekun also directed that Uzodinma must be immediately sworn in as the Governor of Imo State.