The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, declared Hope Uzodinma, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state.
The seven-member panel of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Tanko Muhammad, sacked the sitting governor, Emeka Ihedioha, of the Peoples Democratic Party, and reinstated Uzodinma as the lawful governor.
The judges unanimously agreed that Uzodinma won the March 9, 2019, governorship election in Imo State.
Reading the judgement, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun ordered that the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha be immediately withdrawn and directed. He further advised that a fresh certificate of return be issued to Uzodinma.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced Mr Ihedioha of the PDP as the winner of the election held in March 2019.
The former Deputy Speaker of Federal House Representatives had polled 273,404 ahead of his closest rival and candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, who polled a total of 190,364.
Mr Nwosu is the son-in-law of the former governor, Rochas Okorocha, who strongly backed his candidacy.
The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ifeanyi Ararume, came third ahead of Mr Uzondima of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The former polled 114, 676 while the latter polled 96,458.