UPDATED: Supreme Court adjourns hearing of Imo, Zamfara guber verdict review cases

Posted by News Express | 18 February 2020 | 2,970 times

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•CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad

The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha to March 2, 2020. It similarly adjourned to the same date, the hearing of an application filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking the review of the May 24, 2019 judgment which nullified the victory of all the party’s candidates at the 2019 Governorship Elections in Zamfara State.

Ihedioha approached the apex court with an application to reverse itself on the judgement sacking him from office as governor.

The Supreme Court had fixed today to hear the appeal filed by Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), one month after it sacked him on January 14 and declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Hope Uzodinma, as the duly elected governor of Imo State.

At the hearing today, lawyer to Mr Ihedioha, Mr Kanu Agabi, filed an application stating that he needs a little time to file some processes before the Court.

Lawyers to Governor Hope Uzodinma and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not oppose the application.

The seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, after listening to all the parties, adjourned the hearing to March 2, 2020.

In the case of Zamfara, tAPC and other applicants represented by Chief Robert Clarke (SAN) at the Tuesday’s proceedings filed a suit against Senator Kabiru Marafa and 179 others.

Clarke applied for the adjournment to enable him to serve the processes on the 141 to 148 respondents.

A five-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, adjourned the hearing to March 2, 2020, due to the inability of the applicant to serve the processes on the respondents who were not in court neither were they represented.

Counsel to the applicants had refiled the application in November after the apex court had struck it out on August 22, 2019.

•Pieced together from separate reports by Channels TV. 

Source: News Express

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