To many of the supporters of the ousted Governor of Imo State, Honourable Emeka Ihedioha and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), all hope for the potential return of Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of Imo State is not lost. Following the failure to secure a review of the Supreme Court’s Judgement that removed him from office, many thought that it was all over for the former Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives. This hope was then rekindled when the candidate of the Reform and Advancement Party (RAP) for the March 09, 2019 Imo State governorship election, Barrister Kingdom Okere approached the Federal High Court in Abuja, demanding that the court should give a judicial interpretation of the supreme court judgement between Senator Hope Uzodinma and Uche Nwosu over the candidacy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the election.
The hope was then lost when the plaintiff failed to achieve his goal of having Emeka Ihedioha restored as the Executive Governor of Imo State. With this, many thought that all hope for the potential return of Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of Imo State has been lost. However, this hope has once again, received a boost as a new force recently emerged in a bid to bring back Ihedioha. This time, it is coming from a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Philip Umeadi (SAN).
The learned colleague recently filed a suit at the Supreme Court, challenging the candidacy of the APC for the election. According to him, based on the judgment of same Supreme Court which still be found in the Court’s record, APC ought not to have a candidate in the March 09, 2019 Imo State governorship election following the disqualification of Uche Nwosu by the same Supreme for having been nominated by both the Action Alliance (AA) and the APC.
It can be recalled that while the case filed by Uche Nwosu challenging the election of Emeka Ihedioha was still ongoing at the Court, the AA candidate equally had an ongoing suit against Senator Hope Uzodinma, challenging his nomination by an APC faction. However, before the case against Ihedioha could be decided, the Supreme had already ruled the Uche Nwosu was the duly nominated candidate of the APC, making him the duly nominated candidate of both APC and AA. Eventually, the Supreme Court disqualified him for having been nominated by two political parties for the same election. A situation that forced him to withdraw his suit against Emeka Ihedioha.
With all these in mind and records before the Supreme Court, the hope for the potential return of Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of Imo State has once again been raised as the court is set to hear the application by Chief Philip Umeadi (SAN) by next week.