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Okorocha coasts home

The apex court overrules Court of Appeal judgement


The Supreme Court, on Friday morning, upheld the election of Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA ) as Governor of Imo State.

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, while delivering his judgement, cited Section 285 (7) of the constitution, which required that judgment must be delivered within 60 days.

The Supreme Court also nullified the appeal court's  judgment and upheld the judgment of the Imo State Governorship Election Tribunal, which earlier declared Okorocha as the winner of the election.

Ngwuta said although the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment within 60 days, it failed to give reasons for its judgment within the stipulated time, hence rendering it null.

It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal gave their judgement on January 06, 2012, and waited till January 24, 2012 before giving an explanation for the ruling.

Ngwuta said the act was an infringement on the constitution and therefore invalidated the judgment and reinstated the judgment of the Imo state Governorship Election Tribunal.

Ikedi Ohakim of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Governor of the State, had challenged Okorocha's victory at the state's gubernatorial election


Comments

Thank GOD the distractions are over. For my 48 years of life, this is the first time a road is being constructed through my town. It may interest you to know that my town is less than 3 kilometers from the heart of Owerri, the state capital. From what is happening in Imo state today in terms of development (not imaginary claims), you know that GOD has finally answered the prayers of Imo people.

Shame to Ohagi and his press secretary, Owelle continue the good work that God sent you to do. The legacies of Fashola and Ngige will out live them.

Anything short of upholding Owelle Rochas Okorocha as the Imo state Governor would have been suicidal both for ohakim & his elements. Hence what has been written has been written, owelle put this ikiri in the cage of efcc by probing ohakim's finacial records while he was using immunity as a cover then stole yet to be quantified amount of Imo tax payers money. BRAVO!!! PEOPLES GOVERNOR, IMO MUST BE BETTER !!!!!!!!........AMEN

Justice Nwali Ngwuta's judgement is always a near-perfect one, right from his days as an ordinary Lawyer in Ebonyi State. If Nigeria can have at least ten of him in the Federal Judiciary, then the cankerworm called corruption in the Judiciary would just vanish. Good judgement!