A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri has on Tuesday struck out a suit seeking to prevent the inauguration of the Imo governor-elect, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, on May 29.
The plaintiff and governorship candidate of the Democratic Alternative (DA) party in the March 9 governorship election, Mr Clifford Eze had asked the court to stop Ihedioha’s inauguration, arguing that the process that saw his election was flawed.
Delivering judgment, Justice Tijjani Ringim said that Eze lacked the right to approach a regular court for a post election matter.
In his reaction, a defence counsel, Mr Emeka Ihejirika, said that apart from the lack of jurisdiction, court processes were also abused by the plaintiffs.
“Apart from the Federal High Court lacking the jurisdiction to entertain the suit, it was an abuse of court processes. That was why the court slammed a N5 million cost against the plaintiffs”, he said.
He reiterated his readiness to work with everybody, including the plaintiffs and members of the opposition parties so as to move the state forward as from May 29.