JELR 40295 (SC)    
Supreme Court  ·  Nigeria
Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
court of appeal
imo state
right of appeal
interested parties
decisions of the federal high court
1st respondent
2nd defendant
federal high court
leave of the federal high court
governorship candidate of the 1st defendant
imo state governorship election
learned trial judge
nomination of its governorship candidate
sole issue
special state congress of the 1st defendant
3rd defendant
order of this honourable court
provisions of section
criminal proceedings
honourable court
substantive suit
highest number of valid votes
leading judgment
trial court
3rd defendants
4th respondents
briefs of argument
democratic party
determination of this appeal
notice of appeal
total number of valid votes
1st appellant
circumstances of the case
court of first instance
following questions
ibrahim tanko muhammad
interlocutory civil proceedings
learned court
mr. k. onuoha
olabode rhodes-vivour
overwhelming evidence
peoples democratic party

OLABODE RHODES-VIVOUR, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment):At the Court of first instance, the Federal High Court, Abuja, the 1st Respondent was the Plaintiff. He sued the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Respondents, as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants on an Originating Summons filed on the 15th day of December, 2014. He asked the Court to determine the following questions:

1. WHETHER from the total number of valid votes cast at the special State Congress of the 1st Defendant held at the Grasshoppers Stadium, Owerri, Imo State on 8th December, 2014 for the nomination of its Governorship candidate for the 2015 Imo State Governorship Election as announced by its Electoral Committee, the Plaintiff scored the highest number of valid votes cast and is entitled to be declared winner and have his name forwarded to the 3rd Defendant as Governorship candidate of the 1st Defendant for Imo State having regard to the provisions of Section 87(4) (b) (ii) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and paragraph 19(n) …

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