Governor Jets To Abuja

There is palpable tension in Imo State following reports that the Supreme Court, has re-enlisted the matter between Governor Hope Uzodinma and the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in the 2019 election, Chief Uche Nwosu who the apex court disqualified on the grounds of double nomination.

Information available to our news desk indicates that the matter has been fixed for October, 31.

Recall, that the Supreme Court had in a celebrated judgment it delivered, disqualified Uche Nwosu who is former Governor Rochas Okorochas son-in-law and declared him ineligible to contest the 2019 election, on the ground that he was the candidate of the All Progressive Congress APC and also that of the Action Alliance AA. Hence, the APC had no candidate for the said election.

Surprisingly, the same Supreme Court on January, 14, 2020, in what many described as a controversial judgment, declared Hope Uzodinma who came fourth as winner of the election.

However a source in Abuja who does not want his name in print, said, “there are reports that Uche Nwosu has gone back to the Supreme Court to seek the review of the judgment that disqualified him.

He wants to know the basis on which Uzodinma emerged as Governor of Imo State on the platform of the APC when, by virtue of the apex court’s judgment that disqualified him for double nomination, the APC had no valid governorship candidate for the 2019 election”.

Continuing, the source said, “this matter had been unduly delayed as all efforts previously made to get it re-enlisted proved abortive. Though, it is not yet known what the outcome will be, but re-enlisting the matter is a step in the right direction, despite the tension it has generated in the state”.

“Ihedioha’s move to review the ruling was dismissed by the Supreme Court but other suits, challenging the Supreme Court’s ruling over the status of Uche Nwosu, son-in-law of former governor Rochas Okorocha and how it relates to Governor Hope Uzodimma as the rightful candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC in that election, have since found their way to the court.

“Despite delays to hear the matter, if our sources are anything to go by, it is reported that the Supreme Court is set to rule on the matter, determining Uzodimma’s status as governor of Imo State, or returning Ihedioha to the same seat he was removed from four years ago.

Should the case go in favour of Ihediohaor any other person aside Uzodinma, the November 11th Governorship election in Imo State would not hold as he would be returned to continue from where he stopped when he was removed.

Presently, all the players involved in the matter including former governors of the state for or against the duo, are said to be in Abuja flexing their muscles to ensure the ruling goes their way.