Nigeria’s Supreme Court on Tuesday evening nullified the victory of Emeka Ihedioha and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the validly elected Governor of Imo state.
The same apex court had earlier stood down the judgement pending the hearing of another similar case.
The apex court, in a unanimous judgment of a seven-man panel of justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Tanko Muhammad, held that Enema Ihedioha of the PDP was not duly elected.
In a lead judgement delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Senator Hope Uzodinma of the APC was declared the valid winner of the governorship election that held in Imo state on March 9, 2019.
The court ruled that all votes due to Hope Uzodinma unlawfully excluded from 318 polling units be added and the certificate of return issued Emeka Ihedioha withdrawn immediately.
The Court, therefore, ordered a fresh Certificate of Return be issued to Uzodinma forthwith, adding that he should be sworn-in immediately as governor of Imo state.