The Supreme Court in Abuja today upheld the election of Owelle Rochas Okorocha as governor of Imo State.
In its judgment, the apex court decided that the judgment of the Court of Appeal which formed the basis of the appeals to the Supreme Court were nullity because the reasons for the judgments were delivered outside the 60 days allowed by the constitution.
In its place, the Supreme Court held that the judgment of the Imo State Governorship Election Tribunal which had earlier upheld Rochas Okorocha's election subsisted.
Justice Sylvester Ngwuta who delivered the lead judgment cited Sect 285 (7) of the constitution which required that judgment must be delivered within 60 days.
He noted that although the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment within 60 days, it gave the reasons for the judgment outside the 60 days which is contrary to the law therefore rendering the said judgement null and void.
Consequently, the Apex Court struck out the Appeal Court's judgment and re-instated the judgment delivered earlier by the Imo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
culled from: Imo-state website