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As the whole world and Nigerians interested in enduring constitutional democracy open their ears very wide today, February 18, 2020 to hear how the Supreme Court of Nigeria will decide the appeal filed by removed Imo State Governor, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP against his ouster, clear 1o grounds upon which the apex court can reverse itself have been smoked out.
Citing the suit; Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc v L. G. C. Ltd (2020) 2 NWLR (Pt. 1707) 1 @ 17* , the Supreme Court per Abba Aji, JSC held inter alia that the Supreme Court has the power to set aside its Judgement, and rehear same under the following circumstances:
Recall that the core reason for the appeal filed by Ihedioha was based on the embarrassing and fraudlent way and manner votes were alloted on the INEC disowned result sheet of 388 polling units presented by Senator Uzodinma (which had eralier been rejected both by the Tribunal and Appealete court) which the apex court relied upon to recompute Imo guber election results leading to his eventual winning by highest number of votes.
A set of constitutional legal luminaries have already picked grounds number 2, 4, 6, 8 and possibly 10 above as possible grounds to upturn the January 14, 2020 judgment which sacked Ihedioha and returned Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Besides the expected fireworks at the Supreme Court Tuesday, there are strong indication ns that several prominent world leaders and Nigerian public figures both partisans and none partisans would follow minute by minute proceedings at the apex court.
Already, Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, the architect of current Nigerian democracy, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Prof. Pat Utomi, leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the International community and various civil society groups are confirmed to monitor the Tuesday Supreme Court review to forestall further irregularities in the nation’s troubled judiciary.
Other persons engaged by the Third Force Movement (TFM) consisting of eminent academics and organized civil society to monitor the review include former Imo State Military Administrator, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd), Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), Comrade Shehu Sanni, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Alhaji Balarebe Musa amongst others.
Business Hilights gathered late Monday evening that already, there are strong indication that Police may cordon off from more than 200m radius to the apex court complex to avoid breakdown of law and order.
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