Uzodimma knows fate Sept 29 as court hears RAP’s case

Hope Uzodinma

There is palpable tension in the state as a suit instituted by the governorship candidate of the Reformed and Advancement Party (RAP), Barr. Kingdom Okere and his party challenging the candidacy of Senator Hope Uzodimma as APC flag bearer in the 2019 Imo State governorship election, begins. The matter comes up Tuesday, September 29, with hearing from the parties concerned.
Following the declaration of Senator Hope Uzodimma by the Supreme Court on January 14 as the duly elected governor of Imo State, Barr. Kingdom Okere had approached an Abuja High Court presided over by the Hon. Justice Okon Abang seeking an interpretation of the December 20, 2019, Supreme Court judgement which declared that the candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Chief Uche Nwosu, was also the candidate of APC, thereby disqualifying him on the ground of having double nomination contrary to the constitution.
The suit is also seeking enforcement of the said Supreme Court judgement, which means that APC had no governorship candidate in Imo.
The candidate of RAP is insisting that if Uche Nwosu had been declared as possessing double nominations – APC and AA – then-Senator Uzodimma was not in the picture of Imo State governorship election in 2019 as the constitution has no room for independent candidates.
Barr. Okere is also asking the court to declare Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as the winner of the 2019 Imo State governorship election and for INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued earlier to Senator Hope Uzodimma and now issue it to Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as the duly elected governor of Imo State.
What the outcome of this suit will be is already causing tension in the state as some believe the case has no merit and many others think it has merit, especially as the Supreme Court has recognized Uche Nwosu as having dual nominations – APC and AA – which leaves Senator Hope Uzodimma without a platform to contest the governorship election.
Whatever happens, the legal battle has commenced and only the next few days will determine if Governor Hope Uzodimma will continue as governor in the state or not.

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