The Supreme Court, on Friday, voided Rochas Okoracha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in the 2019 general elections in Imo State, over double nomination.
The apex court, in its judgment delivered by Justice Adamu Augie, upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division.
It was reported that the court had, about two months ago, upheld the decision of the Federal High Court, which also voided Nwosu’s candidature.
A chieftain of the Action Peoples Party, Mr Uche Nnadi, had dragged Nwosu to the Federal High Court where the court held that he was not qualified to stand for the election.
The court based its verdict on the fact that Nwosu already had a valid ticket of the All Progressives Congress.
Unsatisfied with the ruling of the Court, Nwosu approached the Court of Appeal to put the decision to further test.
The Court dismissed all issues raised by Nwosu in his appeal.
Still not satisfied with the decision of the Court of Appeal, Nwosu headed for the apex court to upturn the decision of the lower court.
The Supreme Court, in its judgment, dismissed Nwosu’s appeal, saying that he could benefit from his iniquity.
The Court also dismissed the argument by Nwosu’s lawyer that the suit was statute-barred.
Justice Augie said, ”The appellant cannot be allowed to benefit from his own iniquity. “The action is not caught up by limitation of time.
“This case rests on the issue of illegality and this court cannot be used to enforce illegalities. “This appeal is hereby dismissed.”
In his reaction shortly after the judgment was delivered, the Chairman of the APC, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, said the implication was that all the votes given to Nwosu at that election were void votes.