The supreme court in Abuja has in split judgement dismissed Emeka Ihedioha’s case asking to be reinstated as governor of Imo state.
With one out of seven justices dissenting, the court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed, held that the application by Mr Ihedioha and the PDP lacked merit.
The court also said it lacked the jurisdiction to review its own judgement.
Mr. Ihedioha and the PDP had approached the court following its January 14th judgement that nullified Mr Ihedioha’s victory and declared Mr. Hope Uzodinma the winner of the election.
There had been tension in Owerri as opposing camps waited for today’s verdict.
signaturetv.org correspondent in Owerri reports that the city is calm as residents seem to be processing the news coming from Abuja.
She said that rumour which circulated earlier that Ihedioha had won saw a number of people dancing and jubilating in some parts of the city.
How ever she reports that some residents are worried and calling on the police to take charge and ensure that there is no breach of peace by opposing interests.