Today, the 2nd day of the Month of March 2020, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, sitting in Abuja will look into the Peoples Democratic Party’s applications seeking the review of the Supreme Court judgments, which nullifies the result of the last governorship election in Imo State.
Recall that, after spending seven months in office as governor of Imo of State, Emeka Ihedioha was removed by the apex court and replaced with Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress. As the Supreme Court hears the application today; below are three things that will likely be the outcome;
1. Peoples Democratic Party lawyers could be sanction and ordered to pay the lawyers of the All Progressive Congress. (This was the case last week; as two prominent Nigerian lawyers, Afe Babalola (SAN) and Wole Olanipekun (SAN) was fined and asked to pay the lawyers of the Peoples Democratic Party. Their offense was filing similar applications for the review of the February 13, 2020 judgment on Bayelsa State Governorship Election.
2. The sitting can also end in the favor of the Peoples Democratic Party; what this means is that, unlike the case of the ruling party last week at the Supreme Court, the court can see sense in PDP review applications and decide to give the attention of the honorable court to the application. Whichever way, the case turn out to be today, we hope parties involved will be patriotic enough to accept and respect the decisions of the apex court and embrace peace.
Meanwhile, the All Progressive Congress and the faction of the party in Zamfara State, led by one of its former leaders in the state, Abdulaziz Yari, had filed another application for the review of judgment which disqualified all the party’s candidates at the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State. The judgment which was delivered on May 24, 2019, will also be looked into today in Abuja.