The Imo State All Progressives (APC) governorship ticket, allegedly won by Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, appeared jeopardized on Wednesday as an Abuja High Court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC to show cause, within 48 hours, why Senator Hope Uzodinma should not be declared the governorship candidate of the party in Imo State, having won the primary.
The order was issued, following an ex parte motion filed by Uzodinma, 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 other than his.
Mr. Uzodinma, in suit No FCT/HC/BW/ CV/306/18, sought five reliefs from the court, presided over by Justice A.O. Musa, especially an injunction restraining APC from conducting fresh primary in Imo, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
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, having been declared winner of the APC governorship primary by Alhaji Ahmed Gulak panel.
The senator also sought order restraining INEC from monitoring another primary in Imo for the governorship election and also an 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.
The learned Justice further ordered an accelerated hearing of the matter, directing the defendants to make appearance in court within five days.
The fact of the matter is that courts don’t take up exparte applications if they are not convinced about the merits of the case. Since, the court agreed to hear the matter in the first place, there could therefore be trouble for the governorship ambition Mr. Uche Nwosu.
Be that as it may, for now it is safe to say that the last has not been heard about the Imo APC governorship tussle.