Sunday, 14 October 2018

Imo Guber Primaries: Court Want Hope Uzodinma Declared Winner .Okorocha Keeps Mum, Moves Govt House To Abuja to Stop Senator, Coalition Forces

An Abuja High Court has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to show cause, within 48 hours, why Senator Hope Uzodinma should not be the governorship candidate of the party in Imo State, having won the primary.
The order followed an ex parte motion filed by Uzodinma, wherein he asking the court to restrain 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 suit No FCT/HC/BW/ CV/306/18, 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, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The Senator, who was declared winner of the APC governorship primary by Alhaji Ahmed Gulak panel, also sought order restraining INEC from monitoring another primary in Imo for the 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.
The lawmaker equally sought an order restraining INEC from accepting or processing any other name except that of himself (Uzodinma) 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 (Uzodinma) 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 Uzodinma 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, Governor Rochas Okorocha who has moved Government House structures from Owerri to Abuja for suspected move to stop Senator Uzodinma and Coalition members from outsmarting him has kept quiet on who is the authentic APC governorship candidate.
In a statement issued in Owerri by his media aide, Okorocha is yet to react over the developments surrounding the primaries as he only tried to describe his challengers in unprintable manner.
The media aide’s statement only quoted the Okorocha to have remarked “that there are certain Politicians in the State who do not believe that the votes of Party members or the votes of Imo people must count in either Party primaries or in the election proper, and they are the ones trying to cause problem in Imo APC.
“He explained that APC members and Imo people in general must continue to insist on proper voting in every election and those who cannot win primaries or election without manipulation or without running away with electoral officers and materials should leave the APC or quit Politics in the State”.
The statement ended as Okorocha was quoted to have said; “members of the Party in the State that Chief Hope Uzodinma whose claim of being a member of Imo APC is still in doubt and his cohorts won’t succeed in their efforts to create crisis in the Party”.
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