Tinubu, Masari, CJN meet over Controversial Imo Governorship Election Judgment

National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kastina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masarii reportedly had a close door meeting on Monday in Abuja with the Chief Justice of Nigeria , Justice Tanko Mohammed over the Supreme Court controversial judgment on Imo governorship election

It was authoritatively gathered the meeting was held to enable them strike veritable options on how to resolve the debacle that has arisen from the Supreme Court judgement

The apex court had on Tuesday January 14 awarded Senator Hope Uzodinma unverified 213,000 votes from 388 cancelled polling units and consequently declared him winner of the election even though he was placed fourth by the Independent National Electoral Commission without a House of Assembly seat to his party’s credit
The apex court”s additional votes resulted in the recorded total number of votes exceeding the total number of registered voters in the state

The evident subversion of justice inherent in the judgement has touched off country-wide and global protests and condemnations and thus escalating tension across Nigeria

A reliable source at APC headquarters in Abuja who confirmed the Monday’s meeting involcing Tinubu, Masari and the CJN disclosed that some leaders of the party are neither comfortable with the injustice that pervaded the judgement nor the ripples it is generating in the polity and therefore pushing for a redress

Although the source could not provide the details of the meeting he however revealed that the Monday meeting was connected to the Supreme Court judgement on Imo and how to forge a way forward

The source further disclosed that the leaders of the ruling party including President Muhammadu Buhari and the members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Working Committee (NWC) are jolted by the large-scale demonstrations that have attended the judgement.

According to the source, the ruling party leaders are further confounded by the level of clerical errors that underlined the judgement that saw the removal of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON as governor of Imo State and are accordingly interested in seeing the judgement revised

In Nigeria legal system, clerical errors are said ro be human mistakes, usually in note taking or errors of calculation of numbers and figures made in the delivery of the Supreme Court judgement in any given matter, which appeal is brought to the apex court for review

Only on Friday, 31st January, 2020, the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Senator Uzodimma were reportedly invited to a meeting with President Buhari over the same matters arising from the Supreme Court judgement. According to a source at Presidential Villa the Nigerian leader was not pleased with the dusts the judgement has been generating and he berated both Oshiomhole and Uzodimma for the bad image the judgement has created for the Supreme Court, the Nigerian judiciary and the Federal Government.

The source added that the president asked them to return to the Supreme Court to ensure that the right thing is done by redressing the controversial and contentious judgement.

The meeting with the president on Friday, which was followed by Monday meeting that involved Tinubu, Masari and the CJN provided a plausible link to authenticate the Federal Government’s inclination towards revisiting the judgement.