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Imo APC Guber Primary: Court orders INEC to recognise Uzodimma

An Abuja High Court has restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from accepting the name of any other person other than Senator Hope Uzodimma as winner of the Imo State governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which held on October 1, 2018.

Justice O. A. Musa who gave the order on Tuesday, also restrained INEC (2nd Respondent) in the case from processing or publishing the “name of any other candidate except Senator Uzodimma from the APC as the governorship candidate for Imo State primary election for 2019” pending the determination of the substantive suit on the matter.

Uzodimma through his lawyer, Joe Agi (SAN) had approached the court seeking an order to restrain the All Progressives Congress (APC) from conducting fresh or re-conducting another governorship primary for Imo State APC and INEC from monitoring or purporting to monitor any fresh primaries or re-conduct primaries by the APC in Imo State.

Other reliefs sought by Senator Uzodimma include; an order directing the APC to forward his name (Uzodimma) to INEC as the governorship candidate for 2019 governorship election in Imo State.

An order restraining INEC from going ahead with the process or publish any other person’s name except the name Senator Uzodimma and an order for accelerated hearing in the matter.

In his affidavit in support of the motion exparte, Uzodimma averred that he was declared the winner of the Imo State APC governorship l primaries which were conducted on October1, 2018 but shortly after he was declared the winner, “the National Chairman of the APC issued a press statement on the October2, 2018 purporting to cancel the primaries and re-conducting a fresh one”.

He added that none of the contestants in the election protested the result as declared by the returning officer “but rather six out of the nine contestants (Aspirants) confirmed that the primaries held and were free and fair”.

The Plaintiff noted that the electoral guidelines do not give the national chairman of the APC or the National Working Committee (NWC) powers to interfere with the electoral process; and that “out of the nine contestants (Aspirants) six agreed that there was an election and

I (Uzodimma) won”.

He further averred that in the absence of an appeal, no organ of the party could cancel the result of primaries. He said failure of the Court to grant the order, “irreparable damage will be done to me”. The Court has fixed October 16, 2018 for definite hearing of the matter.

It would be recalled that five of the governorship aspirants declared support for Senator Uzodinma as winner of the Imo State governorship primaries conducted on October 1 by the Ahmed Gulak Election Committee.

The aspirants led by one of them and current Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, at a news conference in Abuja affirmed

that the primary election which was conducted in the 305 electoral wards of the 27 local government areas of the state was authentic and should be upheld by the party.

3 Comments

  1. Echebiri Chetachi Maureen Echebiri Chetachi Maureen October 12, 2018

    The 2019 Nigerian electioneering is becoming more concerning than intriguing.

    Unmistakably, next year’s election would see the birth of a new electoral process and democracy in Nigeria going by unfolding events.

    While we try to assess the candidacy of the aspirants, let us all be mindful of the greater interest of Nigeria’s unity and democracy afterwards.

  2. Christian Christian October 15, 2018

    So now court is father Christmas to some politicians, elections do not start and gulak and uzodinma hide in hotel with useless deputy madumere to write results and both results were cancel and another one took place, those that are afraid of direct primary are not popular in grassroots and they rely on PDP style of snatching votes boxes to win ,and give judges bribe to help them win election, with what APC and oshomole did on this elections, I see hope in Nigeria’s systems in near future because Governors should works more on grassroots than delegates to win elections

  3. Daberechi Daberechi October 16, 2018

    @ Christian…… I know you are one of the Okorocha’s Family that wants to take over imo state as family business..God will fight for Imolites, if APC want to lose in Imo State 2019, let them give Uche Nwosu ticket and we all will join PDP to fight with our last blood to make sure Uche Nwosu lose in 2019.. The whole Imolites have been fasting that God should give Hope victory to get the ticket for 2019 election…Hope is our only Hope for 2019 election.. uche nwosu is shaku shaku boy… Mr. President should do something or lose in imo 2019. We don’t want Okorocha’s and his family, they have messed the state up with greediness.

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