BREAKING: Appeal Court Orders Imo Tribunal To Restore AA As Petitioner
Justice Owoade JCA of the Court of Appeal has ordered the Imo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to reinstate the Action Alliance (AA) as the 2nd Petitioner in the petition brought by its governorship candidate, Mr. Uche Nwosu.
Justice Owoade dismissed the objections of the respondents and allowed the Appeal filed by Nwosu against the ruling of the Tribunal that allowed AA to pull out of the petition challenging the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Emeka Ihedioha, in the March 11 poll.
It will be recalled that the Tribunal had allowed the prayer of the AA to pull out of the petition filled by its governorship candidate.
It could be recalled, however, that ElombahNews published on on August 19 that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the name of Mr. Uche Nwosu as a governorship candidate in the last election held in Imo State.
Justice Inyang Ekwo voided Mr Nwosu’s candidacy on the grounds of double nomination by two political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Action Alliance (AA), in violation of section 37 of the Electoral Act.
The ruling came as Mr Nwosu, a son-in-law to the immediate-past governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, is currently pursuing an election petition at the state’s Governorship Election Petition Tribunal as the candidate of AA.
With the latest development, there is palpable confusion as to the realistic position of Uche Nwosu following the latest court ruling.