Elders of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imo State have disowned a petition written against Justice Othman Musa of an Abuja High Court in which he was accused of bias and misconduct in a suit between Senator Hope Uzodinma and Chief Uche Nwosu over who is the authentic Governorship candidate of the party in the state. One Bisike Chinaka who claimed to be the Deputy Chairman of APC in Imo State had in a petition dated October, 22, 2018 accused the judge of favouring Senator Hope Uzodinma against Chief Uche Nwosu in a consolidated suit before him in regard to the disputed APC primaries in the state.
But in a swift reaction, Imo APC Elders Council insisted that the petitioner was neither known to APC in the state, nor did he have the authority of the party to “disparage the judge”. According to a statement in Owerri yesterday and signed by its Chairman, Dr Edmund Onyebuchi, the Council alleged that the said petitioner was a creation of Gov. Rochas Okorocha “who desperately wants to subvert the will of Imo APC members who freely elected Senator Hope Uzodinma as their flag-bearer for the governorship election”.
Based on the petition read by Justice Musa of Court 13, Bwari, Abuja on Tuesday, the judge adjourned the matter indefinitely, thus truncating the ruling that was scheduled for that day. Angered by the development, the Imo APC Elder Council berated Gov. Okorocha for instigating the petition “since it was clear that he was going to lose the case against the people”. “Gov Okorocha is jittery along with his cronies. They know the charade they concocted against a validly conducted primaries that produced Senator Uzodinma cannot hold, hence their recourse to this subterfuge”, the Council averred. It noted that both the APC Chairman in Imo State, Chief Hillary Eke and the entire Executive were not aware of the petition as the majority of APC members have confidence in the judiciary. “As far as we are concerned, we have confidence in the judiciary. This particular judge in question has been professional in his conduct. Any judge who handles the matter will still toe the same path because truth is constant”, the Council insisted. It called on the Police to arrest and question the petitioner for impersonation and false information since he acted without the approval of APC members in Imo State including the Executives. The Elders Council advised Gov. Okorocha to refrain from further instigation of crisis in the state in “this his mad quest to make his son-in-law his successor at all cost”. It also called on the “National leadership of APC to be firm and refuse to be blackmailed by Gov. Okorocha and his cheer leaders who are now starring defeat in their faces”.
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