A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri on Tuesday struck out a suit seeking to stop the inauguration of the Imo State governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, on May 29.
In his judgment, the presiding judge, P.A. Rimgim, said the plaintiff, Clifford Eze, who was the governorship candidate of the Democratic Alternative in the last election, had no legal right to approach a regular court for a post-election matter which he brought before him.
In striking out the matter, the judge said he lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
He awarded a N5m cost against the plaintiff.
Reacting, one of the defence counsel, Emeka Ihejirika, said apart from lack of jurisdiction, court processes were also abused by the plaintiffs.
He said, “It is primary knowledge that the regular court does not entertain post-election matters.
“The plaintiffs are already at the tribunal. The same things they brought up for argument at the tribunal are the things they brought to the regular court.
“Apart from the fact that the Federal High Court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the suit, it is an abuse of court processes. That was why the court slammed a N5m cost against the plaintiffs. It is as simple as that.”
The governor-elect, who spoke to our correspondent shortly after the judgment was delivered, said it was victory for the people of the state.
Ihedioha, who spoke through his media aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu, said he was ready to work with everybody, including the plaintiffs and members of opposition parties to move the state forward from May 29.