The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the application filed by Emeka Ihedioha to review the judgement on the Imo State Governorship election.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, who delivered the lead judgement said there is no constitutional provision for the apex court to sit on appeal over its own judgement.
He ruled that the court does not have the competence to review it’s own judgement, stressing that the finality of the Supreme Court is entrenched in the Constitution, so that the inherent powers of the court does not allow it to review or set aside it’s own judgment.
Ihedioha asked the Supreme Court to set aside the judgment removing him as Governor of Imo State, instead of a review
However, the apex court upheld it’s verdict, affirming Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Governor.
Justice Ariwoola said the application of Ihedioha, candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) was lacking in merit.
“To ask us to set aside the judgment of this court is an invitation to sit on our own judgment. This application is hereby dismissed,” the Judge said.
Ihedioha had approached the apex court to review its January 14, 2020 ruling that nullified his initial victory in the election.
The Justices of the Supreme Court ruled six to one in dismissing Ihedioha’s application, with Justice Chima Nweze the only member of the panel who gave a dissenting opinion.