Despite a failed bid by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to upturn an earlier verdict of the Supreme Court on the Bayelsa State Governorship Election, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Emeka Ihedioha and a faction of the APC in Zamfara State , led by former Governor Abdulaziz Yari, have headed again to the apex court.
While Hon.Ihedioha, the sacked governor of Imo State is seeking a review over the verdict that replaced him with APC’s Senator Hope Uzodinma, the factional Zamfara APC a review of the judgment which upset the results of the entire elections in Zamfara State in which the party won majority of elective seats including the Governorship Election but the victories were awarded to the PDP by the apex court in a surprise judgment.
Hearing in respect of the Imo and Zamfara cases was stalled on February 18 due to preliminary issues of filing and service of court documents .
The separate panels, both of which were headed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, then adjourned the hearing till Monday , by which time the issues are expected to have been sorted out.
It is unclear if the applicants would take a last- minute step to withdraw the applications on the account of the Supreme Court’ s anger poured on two senior lawyers, Chief Afe Babalola (SAN ), and Chief Wole Olanipekun ( SAN) , for filing similar applications for the review of the February 13, 2020 judgment of the apex court on Bayelsa State .
In the apex court’ s ruling on February 26, dismissing the applications , each of the legal giants was fined record N 30m for filing the applications “ aimed at desecrating the sanctity of the court.”