The Imo state governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has won the lawsuit filed against his victory by the runner-up of the Imo state governorship elections and the candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Mr. Uche Nwosu in Federal High Court in Owerri.
Mr. Uche Nwosu had filed a suit in court, petitioning the court to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from issuing a certificate of return to the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate and winner of the March 9 governorship elections in Imo state, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.
However, the Federal High Court in a sitting today in Imo state capital city, Owerri struck out the suit and asked the defendant to take the matter to the electoral tribunal.
Mr. Nwosu in his suit had argued that the winner, Rt. Hon. Ihedioha did not meet the constitutionally required 25 percent spread of the votes in 18 out of the 27 LGs in Imo.
Striking out the suit, Justice Tijani Ringim who heard the petition said that post-election matters should be handled by the electoral tribunal; and not the court.
“the quest for justice must be in line with the constitution. Post-election matters belong to election tribunal “. Justice Ringim said.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as the winner of the Imo state governorship election after the former speaker polled the highest number of votes in the elections.
Ihedioha polled a total 273,404 votes to defeat Nwosu who came second with 190,364 votes.