The Supreme Court on Friday declared Frank Ibezim All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the Imo North Senatatorial district bye-election as senator – elect.
The apex court voided, nullified and set aside the concurrent judgments of the Federal high court in Abuja and that of the Court of Appeal also in Abuja which nullified the candidacy of Ibezim on the ground of perjury.
In a unanimous judgment by the Supreme Court which sat in chambers, Justice Emmanuel Agim, who delivered the judgement held that the suit which led to disqualification of Ibezim for allegedly supplying false information to secure nomination was statute barred at the time it was instituted.
Justice Agim said in the judgment that the suit was not filed within 14 days when the cause of action arose.
The apex court further held that section 285 of the 1999 was grossly violated by the plaintiff in the suit because the mandatory 14 days for such suit to be filed was not complied with.