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Imo : APC aspirant drags winner to court over Council poll

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The last is yet to be heard regarding Imo state council election as an aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Ahiazu Mbaise chairmanship seat in the just concluded Imo State council election, Dr. Martins Nwoga, has pleaded with the presiding judge in the Owerri Judicial Division of the state High Court to restrain the Imo State Independent Electoral Commission, the Imo State Government and the State Attorney General or any of their defendants, their agents, organ(s), privies or arm from returning or declaring one Chief Adoctus Onuoha as the elected chairman of the council.

In a five-page petition dated, 18th August, 2018, the plaintiff, through his counsel, Ihediohanma Akponye Esq., also prayed the court to restrain the defendants from swearing in, or causing the swearing in or inaugurating the said Adoctus Onuoha as the chairman of the council, parading, holding out himself as a chairmanship candidate, operating, presiding over any meeting or attending to functions, sitting in office as elected chairman of the council.

Also prayed by Nwoga is that the court restrains the third defendant (Chief Adoctus Onuoha) from exercising any power or duty, holding any property or paraphernalia of office or presenting himself as elected chairman of the Ahiazu Mbaise local government council, sought to know whether from the combined reading of the provision of Section 18 of the electoral Act that empowers the registration of political parties, Section 156 of Electoral Act on council elections and the provisions of sections 221 & 222 of the 1999 constitution as amended, the APC is bound to follow its constitution in selecting a candidate for election into the office of chairman, Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government council.

Thirdly,he sought to ascertain whether, from the provisions of Article 20 of the APC constitution as well as the provisions of Section 87 of the Electoral Act as amended, the third defendant (Chief Onuoha) who did not participate in the primaries of the party was entitled to be presented as the nominated candidate of the party for the Local Government council elections in the state for the office of Chairman of Ahiazu Mbaise LGA.

Importantly on the list of relief and clarifications, the plaintiff averred that if the defendants fail to appear and present their defence within a time frame,that the court would made such an order and that proceedings might be taken as deem just and expedient by the judge.

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