IMO Governorship Tribunal Update: Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, AA Closes Case, Adopts Written Address On Sunday 8th September
By Iheme Kelechi 15 days ago
- Ugwumba Uche Nwosu closes Case, adopts address on Sunday
The Action Alliance guber candidate for Imo State, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu will on Sunday, 8th September, 2019, close his Submissions while adopting written address before the Tribunal sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, in his submission, through his counsel, Niyi Akintola (SAN) is demanding that the tribunal nullify the declaration of the candidate of the PDP, Emeka Ihedioha as the winner of the said election on the ground that the election was massively rigged especially in the three local government areas of Aboh, Ahiazu and Ezinitte Mbaise local government areas, where it is alleged that Ihedioha allotted votes to himself.
In addition, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu through his counsel is challenging the fact that Ihedioha's declaration was made in error since he was unable to meet up with the constitutional requirements of winning 2/3rd of the 27 LGA's in IMO State.
Similarly, the duo of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have also approached the Imo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal asking it to set aside the election of Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)Related: PDP Governors Meet In Port Harcourt .
Specifically Araraume is asking for an order to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha on the grounds that there was massive irregularities in the election. He averred, through his counsel, Awa Kalu (SAN) that all the score and votes from the three local government areas, including Ehime Mbano and 17 others were unlawful.
He also alleged that there was unexplained change of electoral officers at the last minute by the electoral umpire, and massive hijacking and diversion of electoral materials.
In his own submission, through his counsel, Olushola Oke (SAN), Uzodinma is asking the tribunal to declare him the winner of the said election, having polled majority of the votes cast in the election and also satisfied the mandatory constitutional spread of one quarter of the votes cast in at least two-thirds of the 27 local government areas of the state. He said that the votes he got from the 388 polling units spread across the state were fraudulently excluded, which gave Ihedioha an advantage.
The trio of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, of the Action Alliance (AA), Senator Ifeanyi Ararume of All Progressive Congress (APGA), and Senator Hope Uzodinma of All Progressive Congress (APC) having closed their cases at the tribunal, Sunday September 8, has been fixed for the adoption of all the written addresses by 4pm at court 5, Imo State High Court, Owerri, Imo State.