An Abuja High Court has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) to show cause within 48 hours why Senator Hope Uzodinma should not be the governorship candidate of APC in Imo State having won the primaries.
The order followed an exparte motion filed by Senator Uzodinma asking the court to restrain both the APC and INEC from processing or forwarding any other name as the Imo State Governorship candidate of the party except that of himself.
Senator Uzodinma in the Suit No FCT/HC/BW/CV/306/18 had sought five reliefs from the court presided over by Justice A.O. Musa among which is an injunction restraining APC from conducting fresh primary in Imo State pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The Senator who was declared the winner of the APC governorship primary by Alhaji Ahmad Gulak Committee also sought an order restraining INEC from monitoring another primary in Imo State for governorship election.
He also sought an order of the court directing APC as the first defendant to forward his name to INEC (second defendant) as the duly elected candidate of APC for the governorship election in Imo State.
He equally sought an order restraining INEC from accepting or processing any other name except that of himself (Uzodimma) as the APC candidate in Imo State pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
Finally he sought the court’s order for INEC to continue to process his name (Uzodimma) as the duly elected governorship candidate of APC in Imo State until the matter is determined.
After hearing the prayers, Justice A.O. Musa of the High Court in Bwari gave both APC and INEC 48 hours within which to show cause why the reliefs sought by Senator Uzodimma should not be granted.
He also ordered the defendants to make appearance in court within five days. Justice Musa in addition ordered that the matter should be given an accelerated hearing.
Meanwhile, the APC has been told that Imo State will go to another party during the governorship elections next year except the rightful winner of the primaries, Senator Uzodimma is fielded as the candidate.
In a statement in Owerri, Imo Youths Vanguard insisted that since Uzodimma won the primaries, any attempt to publish the name of another candidate will spell doom for the party.
The President, Comrade Emmanuel Kanu wondered why those who lost the primaries to Senator Uzodimma did not follow due process, by first going to the Appeal Panel but instead rushed to the NWC of APC.
“It is just typical of Gov. Rochas Okorocha to circumvent the law. The man was not even an aspirant, yet he rushed to NWC instead of the Appeal Panel. If APC loses Imo State, President Buhari and the party should hold Okorocha responsible”, he said.
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