Supreme Court to Ihedioha: Blame yourself, INEC, not us for your woes

By Editor on 24/01/2020

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has exculpated itself of blame in the fate of former Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, who was sacked from office on January 14 and Hope Uzodinma asked to take his place.

Assailed by a groundswell of critics, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ex-governor’s party, which carried out nationwide demonstrations in many states, including the nation’s capital, Abuja, the apex court, which spoke for the first time since the development by releasing a full copy of the judgement, said Ihedioha and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), clearly misread the issue Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC), raised, which became fatal to their case.

Because they did not seem to understand the questions Uzodinma raised, they failed to give appropriate response and therefore failed to address the crux of the matter, leading to the seven justices coming to the rightful conclusion that the issues be resolved in favour of the governor, notwithstanding that both the governorship tribunal and the Court of Appeal below had held otherwise.

The judgment has attracted widespread condemnation and nationwide street protests by PDP faithful on the argument that the cancelled votes from 388 polling units which the Supreme Court validated took the total number of votes to over 100,000 above the INEC accredited voters for the election.

The apex court, according to a copy of the judgment published late yesterday by TheCable, “said while INEC argued the documents tendered by the APC candidate were falsified, it could not establish enough evidence to prove this.”

The online daily quoted the Supreme Court as saying a certified true copy of the judgement: “Having pleaded that the documents are false, the respondents made allegation of criminal nature against the appellants.

“They were required to plead the specific elements of fraud and lead evidence showing the genuine results. Not only must the allegation be proved beyond doubt, it must also be proved that the appellants personally committed the forgery or aided and abetted the commission of the crime or that they procured the commission of the crime through their agents or officials.

“Although they relied heavily on the assertion that exhibits PPP1 – PPP366 were fake, no evidence was adduced to prove the assertion at all, let alone beyond any reasonable doubt.”




Posted on January, 24 2020

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