A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected a suit that sought to disregard the election of Hope Uzodinma and his Deputy Prof Placid Njoku and make the governorship seat of Imo State empty.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled that the applicant, Mcfyne C. Chikwedu, lacked locus standi and that the complaint was “patently non-justiciable.”
The judge pointed out that the Supreme Court had upheld Uzodinma’s election, and that his court was not an electoral tribunal that could hear appeals from elections organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Taiwo held: “If I may ask, was he (Chikwedu) a contestant in the Imo Governorship Election in 2019? He only described himself in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the affidavit in support of the originating summons thus: ‘(1) That I am the plaintiff in this suit and an indigene of Ikeduru LGA of Imo State. (2) That by virtue of my position I am conversant with the facts of this case.’
“These averments are not enough to cloth the plaintiff with the toga of locus standi.
“It is a notorious fact that the issue of the Imo State governorship election has been litigated up to the Supreme Court; the Apex Court in the land on the 14th of January, 2020 and it was held among other things that Senator Hope Uzodinma is the winner of the Governorship Election of Imo State and that the Certificate of Returns be issued to him.
“This court cannot shut its eyes to these facts…This case has no legs to stand on. It is dead on arrival and nothing can be done to resuscitate it. I need to state that cases of this nature ought not to be permitted to see the light of day if not for the constitutional provision as to fair hearing.
“I am of the well-considered view that parties should desist from bringing such time-wasting suits to court knowing fully well that they have no chance to succeed. The time of the court is very precious.
“This case is dismissed in its entirety. This is the judgment of the court.”