Supreme Court stops suit to sack Uzodinma, slams N40m fine on Ozekhome

The Supreme Court in Abuja has imposed a fine of N40 million on Constitutional lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, for filing frivolous, vexatious and irritating motion before the Court in respect of Imo governorship tussle decided since 2019.

Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human right lawyer was Tuesday fined the huge amount for bringing a motion before the Apex Court seeking to revalidate the suit that removed Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo state in 2019.

In a ruling by Justice Tijani Abubakar, the senior lawyer was ordered to personally pay the N40 million fine to four respondents he dragged before the Court.

Those to be paid are the Action People’s Party (APP), Uche Nnadi, Uche Nwosu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In the motion considered to be frivolous by the Court, Ozekhome had asked the Court for a consequential order to compel INEC to issue a fresh Certificate of Return to Ihedioha to enable him spend a four-year tenure as Imo governor.

His grouse was that the incumbent governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, unlawfully spent the four years which Ihedioha ought to spend.

Among others, Ozekhome in the motion claimed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had no candidate in the 2019 Imo governorship election, hence, Uzodinmma ought not to have been made governor on its platform.

The Apex Court while delivering its verdict dismissed the motion on the ground that it has no jurisdiction to entertain such a motion.

“The request was strange, frivolous, baseless, unwarranted, vexatious and irritating,”Justice Abubakar held.

He further held that the motion was a calculated design to demonise the Supreme Court.

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