Says Apex Court Has Inflicted Ethical Damage on its Reputation
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has carpeted the Supreme Court of Nigeria for what it described as ‘its shameful failure’, to comprehensively review the judgement it gave in the governorship tussle between the dethroned governor Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Supreme Court recognized governor Senator Hope Uzodinma of APC.
HURIWA in a brief reaction to the dismissal by six out of the seven panelists of the Supreme court which rejected the prayers of the erstwhile governor Emeka Ihedioha said the Supreme Court of Nigeria under the ‘mismanaged leadership’ of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Muhammad Tanko has thrown away an opportunity on the platter of gold to remedy a damage it inflicted on its reputation forever.
HURIWA in a statement signed by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, stated that the SUPREME COURT cannot justify the grave error it committed by validating results from polling centers that the Independent National Electoral commission did not authenticate, thereby legalizing over voting and awarding victory to the All Progressives Congress’ Hope Uzodinma who came fourth in the contest.
HURIWA however commended Justice Santus Nweze who gave the minority judgment and corrected the errors done in the morally challenged verdict originally issued by Justice Kekere-Ekun in the judgment which was unsuccessfully challenged in the dismissed application for REVIEW.
The Rights group said although the effort by Justice Nweze was insufficient to amend the errors of the supreme court, but it stands applauded for acknowledging the widely held position that the first judgment was fundamentally faulty.
HURIWA recalled that the Supreme Court has dismissed an application filed by Mr Emeka Ihedioha.
In the suit, Mr Ihedioha asked the apex court to review its judgement which sacked him as the governor of Imo State.
A seven-man panel of judges led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, dismissed the suit on Monday.
HURIWA, however, has asked Governor Hope Uzodinma to move quickly to restore governance in Imo state which has been absent since the judgement that brought him into office was controversially made.
HURIWA also expressed hopes that the good people of Imo state will accept the ‘distasteful judgment’ for the sake of peace in Imo state.