If feelers from Imo State is anything to go by, then the state All Progressive Congress, APC, may not file a candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial election, Dailymandate authoritatively gathered.
According to investigation, except an agreement is reached quickly, the ongoing court case filed by the aggrieved candidates who lost in the sloppy primaries that brought the candidature of the out-going governor’s son-inlaw, Uche Nwosu, may throw spanner in the wheel.
A source told our reporter that the judiciary may play a role in who will be finally entitled to fly the ticket of the All Progressive Congress, APC in the 2019 Governorship election or cancelled and disqualify the candidates.
Investigations revealed that there are over eight court cases among APC members in Imo State hanging in the judiciary whose outcome are going to affect the party and whosoever that is going to fly the APC banner.
“There are two previous cases at the Appeal Court in Portharcourt and Federal High Court in Abuja, that are handling on who is the real winner of the executive council congress of the party in the state, a fresh case has been instituted against the party and Oshimole over the recent primaries”, APC stalwart, who begged for anonymity quipped.
Our source claimed that as it is its only the court that can decided who is contesting the nex governorship election.
It was reported that on the October 1st 2018, first day of primaries, the committee chairman rushed back to Abuja to announced Senator Hope Uzodinma winner while others he left behind claimed Nwosu thereby leaving the party chairman with no option than to cancel the two results described as fake ones.
The court cases challenging Oshiomoles suspension of Gulak governorship primary election committee, where some aggrieved members, Barr. Macdonald Ogu, Egejuru Tochukwu and Ejike Anosike had on October 4, 2018 in a suit no How/746/18, sued the All Progressives Congress and its Chairman, Cormrade Oshiomole joining the Chairman of the primary election committee, Alh. Ahmed Gulak, other members of the committee while governorship aspirants, Prince Eze Madumere, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Sir Jude Ejiogu, Commodore Peter Gbujie, Sir George Eche, Hon. Uche Nwosu, Chris Nlemoha, Dr. Hilary Eke, Hon. Dan nwafor and Chima Anozie are all respondents in the suit.
Meanwhile, the plaintiffs had dragged the defendants to court to seek among the following reliefs;
The plaintiffs are asking for “a declaration that the result of the Governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Imo State chapter dated 2nd October 2018, which declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the authentic and rightful winner of the Imo State Governorship primary election 2018 is authentic and same duly signed by the APC Imo Governorship primaries ad hoc Committee Chairman (3rd defendant) whose committee conducted the primaries;
“ a declaration by the honourable court that the purported television announcement and dissolution of the Ahmed Gulak led committee which conducted the Imo State APC governorship primaries 2018 by the 2nd defendant (Comrade Adams Oshiomole) in his capacity as the party’s National Chairman on behalf of the National executive Committee is illegal, undemocratic and same violates the constitution of All Progressives Congress (APC).”
The plaintiffs therefore prayed; “a definite ORDER of the court directing the Comrade Adams Oshiomole led National Executive Committee and all other relevant authorities of the APC to accept and recognize the Ahmed Gulak result dated 2nd October 2018 and same declared and correct result of the Imo State APC governorship primaries for Imo State 2018.”
They therefore prayed the court for; “an ORDER of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants (APC and its National Chairman) from re-constituting another committee and or taking any step or further step including the dissolution of the Ahmed Gulak committee, which will jeopardize the already concluded governorship primary of the APC in Imo State won by Senator Hope Uzodinma.”