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January 24, 20202min600

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has said the deposed Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha failed to prove his case on why he should be allowed to remain the governor of the state.

This was contained in the copy of the judgement seen by journalists at the apex court.
The apex court wrote as seen in the file that, “while INEC argued the documents tendered by the APC candidate were falsified, it could not establish enough evidence to prove this.”

The Supreme Court also said in a certified true copy of the judgement that, “Having pleaded that the documents are false, the respondents made allegation of criminal nature against the appellants.

“They were required to plead the specific elements of fraud and lead evidence showing the genuine results.

“Not only must the allegation be proved beyond doubt, it must also be proved that the appellants personally committed the forgery or aided and abetted the commission of the crime or that they procured the commission of the crime through their agents or officials.

“Although they relied heavily on the assertion that exhibits PPP1 – PPP366 were fake, no evidence was adduced to prove the assertion at all, let alone beyond any reasonable doubt.”

Daily Mail reports that the Supreme Court had delivered a judgement on January 14, 2020 removing Ihedioha as Imo State Governor.

Ihedioha was of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 8, 2019 election, and was so declared winner by INEC.

The controversial judgement by the apex court attracted widespread condemnation and nationwide street protests by PDP faithful on the argument that the cancelled votes from 388 polling units which the Supreme Court validated took the total number of votes to over 100,000 above the INCE accredited voters for the election.

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