Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss an application filed by former governor of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, seeking judicial review of the apex court’s judgement which had on January 14, 2020, ordered his removal from office.
Uzodimma’s preliminary objection was against a motion on notice dated Feb. 5, filed by Ihedioha and PDP which prayed the Supreme Court for an order setting aside “as a nullity the judgment delivered by it on January 14.
Uzodimma and APC’s preliminary objection against Ihedioha was brought pursuant to Section 6(6)(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
The objection raised and argued the competence of the motion and the jurisdiction of the court to entertain same and therefore urged the apex court to strike out the motion filed by Ihedioha.
They said that the application being a proceeding relating to or arising from election of a governor is barred by effluxion of time.
“The application constitutes an invitation to the Supreme Court to sit on appeal over its final decision,” Uzodimma posited.
They submitted that having delivered its final decision, the Supreme Court has become fuctus officio and divested of jurisdiction over the same subject matter.
They said: Order 8 Rule 16 of the Supreme Court Rules 2014 prohibits the apex court from reviewing its judgment once given and delivered, save to correct clerical mistakes or accidental slip.
“The judgment sought to be set aside having been given effect by the inauguration of Uzodinma as Governor of Imo , this Honourable court lacks the jurisdiction to grant the prayer sought”.
More so, Uzodimma stated that Ihedioha’s application “constitutes an abuse of court process” and “is against public policy.
He added that the application filed by the ousted governor amounts to an invitation to the Court to indulge in academic exercise and answer hypothetical questions.
The matter is coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Apex court.