In the fresh suit, the Reform and Advancement Party (RAP) and its 2019 governorship candidate in Imo state, Okere Kingdom, has approached the Abuja division of the Federal High court for a judicial interpretation on whether the All Progressives congress (APC) actually sponsored Governor Hope Uzodinma as its candidate for the said election.
The plaintiffs are specifically asking the court to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Governor Uzodinma and to issue a fresh one to the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha as the validly elected governor of the state.
The suit is predicated against the backdrop of the judgment of the Supreme Court in appeal, which upheld the decision of both the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court and affirmed Ugwumba Uche Nwosu as the authentic and duly elected/nominated 2019 Imo State governorship candidate of the APC.
The plaintiffs want an order of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st Defendant from continuous occupying, illegally acting and performing the functions of the office of the Governor of Imo State (2nd defendant) on the ground that he was not the governorship candidate of the 4th defendant and did not participate in the 2019 Imo state Governorship election.
An order mandating and or compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission (7th defendant) to immediately withdraw the certificate of return issued to the 1st defendant and reissue same to the candidate of the 6th defendant who lawfully participated and scored the highest number of lawful votes cast in the 2019 Imo governorship election and who was sponsored by the 6th defendant in accordance with section 177 (c) of the 1999 constitution