The Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has at last struck out the case seeking to stop the inauguration of the Imo state governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, on May 29 2019.
The presiding judge, Justice P.A. Rimgim, said that the plaintiff, Clifford Eze, who was the governorship candidate of the Democratic Alternative (DA) during the governorship election had no legal right to approach a regular court for a post-election matter.
In the ruling, the judge made it clear that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the suit and awarded a N5 million cost against the plaintiff.
In his reaction, One of the defence council, Emeka Ihejirika, disclosed that apart from lack of jurisdiction, court processes were also abused by the plaintiffs.
According to Ihejirika, ”it is a primary knowledge that the regular court does not entertain post-election matters.
“The plaintiffs are already at the tribunal and the same things they brought up for argument at the tribunal are the same things they brought to the regular court.
“Apart from the federal high court lacking the jurisdiction to entertain the suit, it was an abuse of court processes.
“That was why the court slammed a N5m cost against the plaintiffs. It is as simple as that.”