Some aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress (APC) have dragged the party and its national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, among other actors who played relevant roles in the governorship primary election of October 1, 2018 to court.
While political fireworks in the State have continued ceaselessly following irreconcilable differences occasioned by Governor Rochas Okorocha’s obstinacy to forcefully impose his son-in-law, Hon. Uche Nwosu, which brought about zero-sum-game in Imo polity, where the two camps are throwing in all to outdo each other.
October 1, 2018 governorship primary election conducted by Alhaji Ahmed Gulak led committee, where against all odds; Senator Hope Uzodinma came first followed by Prince Eze Madumere, the Deputy Governor of Imo State.
The controversy ensued when Governor Okorocha who had formerly claimed that his son-in-law was coasting home with victory in 18 local governments; in another swoop, claimed that there was no election, realizing his wish to succeed himself with his son-in-law, was eluding him by the result of the primary election, which saw his son-in-law at the 7th position, he quickly arranged alleged members of the Gulak committee to sign a different result for Hon. Nwosu. As if that was not enough, Governor Okorocha was alleged to have kept announcing dates for rerun even as the party leadership had not made any pronouncement on the impasse.
Reacting to the controversy trailing the election, following Governor Okorocha’s rejection of the result, the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomole pronounced the two results as fake, raising dust and causing greater degree of disaffection between the already polarized party along the Prince Eze Madumere led Stakeholders/Coalition camp and Rochas Okorocha led faction.
Piqued by the controversy trailing Comrade Oshiomole’s suspension of Gulak governorship primary election, some aggrieved members of APC, led by Barr. Macdonald Ogu, Egejuru Tochukwu and Ejike Anosike had on October 4, 2018 in a suit no How/746/18, sued the All Progressives Congress and its Chairman, Comrade Oshiomole joining the Chairman of the primary election committee, Alh. Ahmed Gulak, other members of the committee. In the same vein, governorship aspirants, Prince Eze Madumere, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Sir Jude Ejiogu, Commodore Peter Gbujie, Sir George Eche, Hon. Uche Nwosu, Chris Nlemoha, Dr. Hilary Eke, Hon. Dan nwafor and Chima Anozie are all respondents in the suit.
In their suit, the plaintiffs had dragged the defendants to court to seek the following reliefs;
“A declaration that the result of the Governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Imo State chapter dated 2nd October 2018, which declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the authentic and rightful winner of the Imo State Governorship primary election 2018 is authentic and same duly signed by the APC Imo Governorship primaries ad hoc Committee Chairman (3rd defendant) whose committee conducted the primaries;
A declaration by the honourable court that the purported television announcement and dissolution of the Ahmed Gulak led committee which conducted the Imo State APC governorship primaries 2018 by the 2nd defendant (Comrade Adams Oshiomole) in his capacity as the party’s National Chairman on behalf of the National executive Committee is illegal, undemocratic and same violates the constitution of All Progressives Congress (APC).”
The plaintiffs therefore prayed; “a definite ORDER of the court directing the Comrade Adams Oshiomole led National Executive Committee and all other relevant authorities of the APC to accept and recognize the Ahmed Gulak result dated 2nd October 2018 and same declared and correct result of the Imo State APC governorship primaries for Imo State 2018.”
They therefore prayed the court for; “an ORDER of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants (APC and its National Chairman) from re-constituting another committee and or taking any step or further step including the dissolution of the Ahmed Gulak committee, which will jeopardize the already concluded governorship primary of the APC in Imo State won by Senator Hope Uzodinma.”
The trio plaintiffs have also wondered why impunity should continue to rein in the State, wondering the recent purported primary, making it three in a series, showing the desperation of Governor Okorocha.
In the same vein, there is also a subsisting suit and motion on notice of interlocutory injunction filed by Senator Hope Uzodinma, a legal engagement that should have restrained any law abiding entity to act with restraint until the matter before the court is judiciously determined.
Meanwhile seven governorship aspirants led by Prince Eze Madumere and Hope Uzodinma, including Governor Okorocha’s brother-in-law, Engr. Chuks Ololo boycotted the purported Okorocha arranged primary election.
However, the Deputy Governor, Prince Madumere had raised alarm over allotment of votes to all the aspirants who boycotted the purported primary election following serious issues that bordered on litigation and lack of direction from the party leadership, which he views as a misnomer and suspicious in any electioneering process. The aspirants in their joint declaration insisted on Gulak Committee results.
APC members may have been treated to traumatic scene with unpalatable deeds meted out to them but what the epilogue portends is unpredictable.