Supreme court today, 5th February 2021, dismissed the appeal instituted by Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume challenging the judgement of the Appeal Court sitting in Owerri which reinstated Sir Frank Ibezim as the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for Imo North Senatorial Bye-Election.
It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal had on December 4th, 2020, dismissed the judgement of the Federal High Court, Owerri, which had made consequential orders mandating INEC to replace Ibezim with Ararume as the APC candidate.
In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme court panel agreed with the Court of Appeal judgement that the lower court ought not to have made the consequential orders against Sir Ibezim.
The lead and concurrent judgements read by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba and Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, concluded that Ibezim being not a party or privy to the matter at High Court, his fundamental rights to fair hearing were abridged.
The apex court stated that the lower court also erred in judgement not to have dismissed the case filed by one Lady Uchenna Ubah as lacking in merit.
The Supreme court five-man panel presided over by Justice Amina Adamu Augie, also had Justices Uwani Musa Abba Aji and Samuel Chukwudumebi.
By this judgement, the court has effectively reaffirmed Sir Frank Ibezim, as the rightful candidate of the APC in the December 5th, 2020 senatorial bye-election.
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