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Court Strikes Out Suit Seeking To Stop Ihedioha’s Inauguration     

Jubilation as court strikes out suit against Ihedioha’s inauguration.

Funsho Akinwale

Imo Governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday when a Federal Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, struck out a suit seeking to stop the inauguration of the newly elected governor of the state on May 29, 2019.

Justice P. A Rimgim, in his ruling, said that Clifford Eze, the governorship candidate of the Democratic Alternative, during the last governorship election in the state had no legal right to approach a regular court for a post-election matter.

The judge, in his submission, noted that his court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit before he subsequently struck out the case and awarded a 5 million suit against the plaintiff.

Reacting to the ruling, Emeka Ihejirka, one of the defence counsels to the incoming governor said that apart from the lack of jurisdiction, court processes were also abused by the plaintiffs.

“It is a primary knowledge that the regular court does not entertain post-election matters.

“The plaintiffs are already at the tribunal and the same things they brought up for argument at the tribunal are the same things they brought to the regular court.”

“Apart from the Federal High Court lacking the jurisdiction to entertain the suit, it was an abuse of court processes. That was why the court slammed a N5m cost against the plaintiffs. It is as simple as that.”

The governor-elect, who also addressed the media after the judgmemt said that it was a victory for the people of the state.

Ihedioha added that he was ready to work with everybody, including the plaintiffs and members of the opposition parties, to move the state forward as from May 29.