Supreme Court orders Ozekhome, SAN, to pay N40m fine
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), to pay the sum of N40 million as fine.
The court slammed the humongous fine against the prominent lawyer for filing what the court described as a “frivolous, vexatious and irritating motion” over the 2019 Imo state governorship election.
The election was won by Ozekhome’s client, Emeka Ihedioha but later upturned by the apex court in a most controversial manner.
Ozekhome had filed a motion seeking to revalidate Ihedioha’s victory after the Supreme Court had removed Emeka Ihedioha from office on the ground that incumbent Imo Gov Hope Uzodinma unlawfully spent the four years which Ihedioha ought to have spent.
Delivering judgment, however, Justice Tijani Abubakar ordered the lawyer to personally pay the N40M fine to the four respondents he dragged before the Court.
According to the judgment, those to be paid are the Action People’s Party’s (APP) governorship candidate in the 2019 election, Uche Nnadi, APC candidate, Uche Nwosu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ihedioha had through Ozekhome approached the apex court seeking to be issued a certificate of return as the rightful Governor of Imo after the Supreme had decided the case in favour of Uzodinma about 4 years ago.
He had claimed that Gov Uzodinma wasn’t qualified to run in the first place.
It would be recalled that Ihedioha, who was the candidate of the PDP in the 2019 election, contested against Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).