The Supreme Court has received a complaint from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) requesting the resignation of Hope Uzodinma, the governor of Imo State.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for the APGA application to be heard on October 31, 2023.
Three years have passed after the party’s July 2020 application filing before the hearing.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Emeka Ihedioha’s election was declared invalid by the Supreme Court, and the APGA is arguing that a new election should have been held in the state.
In December 2020, the Supreme Court upheld a court of appeals decision that had invalidated Uche Nwosu’s candidature as the Action Alliance’s governorship candidate.
According to the court, Nwosu violated the law by running on the ballots of both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and AA.
As a result, Nwosu dropped his petition contesting Ihedioha’s election victory.
But on January 14, the supreme court nullified Ihedioha’s election and named Hope Uzodinma, who finished fourth in the vote, as the state’s legitimately elected governor.
The APGA claims that because the governor and Nwosu had received tickets from the APC, Uzodinma’s candidature should have been declared invalid.
The PDP and Ihedioha did not contest Uzodinma’s candidature in the SC/1462/2019 appeal, the party claimed, thus the Supreme Court did not pronounce on the legitimacy of Uzodinma’s candidature.
Counsel to the applicant, Stephen Nwoga stated, “In the eyes of the law, the absence of a duly and validly nominated/sponsored candidate by a political party as a constitutional precedent has made it imperative for INEC to conduct a fresh election in Imo state.
“Consequently, there is no decision of this court that has determined or established that Senator Hope Uzodinma is the duly nominated/sponsored governorship candidate of the APC in Imo State as stipulated by Section 11177(c) of the Constitution.”
APGA is requesting that the top court order a new election “excluding the APC and Action Alliance (AA)” after its candidate finished third in the 2019 governorship election with 114,676 total votes.
Uzodinma is running for re-election as governor in the upcoming election scheduled for November 11.
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