A Federal High Court in Abuja, has dismissed a suit seeking to sack the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma,
Justice Okon Abang dismissed the suit in a ruling on Tuesday, after the Plaintiff applied to withdraw it, on the grounds that the issues submitted for determination were already before the Supreme Court.
Justice Abang described the suit as a mere waste of the court’s time, and awarded a cost of N500,000 each, in favour of the 1st, 2nd, and 7th Defendants.
The Governorship Candidate of the Reform and Advancement Party, RAP, in the last 2019 election in the State, Kingdom Nnamdi Okere, had filed the suit, asking the court to stop Governor Uzodinma from further acting in the capacity of Governor of the State.
The Plaintiff prayed the court to among others, interpret the provision of section 177 (c) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, vis a vis the circumstances relating to Uzodinma’s emergence as Governor.
On Tuesday, the Plaintiff’s Lawyer, Ifeoma Ogufo, informed the court that she has applied to discontinue the suit, and that the Defendants had been served.
The Lawyers to the Defendants, including M. A. Aguda, for Uzodinma, did not oppose the application, but described the suit as a distraction, and asked the court to award costs against the Plaintiff.
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