- Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere has again emerged victorious following a recent ruling by the Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, Imo State
- This is as the court affirmed Ikenga as the validly nominated candidate of the opposition PDP for the Ideato North and South Federal Constituency election in 2023
- The court however held that George Igbo, the challenger has no strong evidence against the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties, (CUPP), Ikenga
The Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, Imo state, has declared Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere as the validly nominated candidate of the People Democratic Party(PDP) for the Ideato North and South Federal Constituency election in 2023, Leadership reported.
In a suit challenging his declaration as the winner of the primary election, his challenger, George Igbo, had approached the court claiming that the election Ikenga won was held at the Aladimma Mall in Owerri outside the Federal Constituency while he emerged from another purported primary election held at the Urualla Town Hall in the Federal Constituency.
The court ruling
After hearing both parties, Hon. Justice Mabel T. Segun-Bello held that the election venue having been applied for by the PDP to hold in Owerri due to the known security reasons in Imo State and the venue having been approved by the Electoral Commission, the venue remained valid.
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The Court also found that there could not have been another primary election held in Ideato since video evidence shown in the Court proved that the officials who purportedly conducted the alleged Ideato primary election in Urualla Town Hall were at the Owerri venue.
The court held they were the same persons and could not have been at two different venues at the same time.
Meanwhile, Akokwa youths have started plans for a grand reception for Ikenga following his victory in court.
Appeal Court gives verdict on Oborevwori's sack as Delta PDP governorship candidate
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday, August 29, reversed the July 7, 2022 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja sacking Sheriff Oborevwori as the Delta state's governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections.
Oborevwori is the current Speaker of the state House of Assembly and is reportedly being backed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
On the other hand, Edevbie who filed the suit is reportedly backed by James Ibori.
2023: Another bad news hits Kwankwaso as court issues bitter verdict
Executive members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano who had the backing of Rabiu Kwankwaso before he joined the New Nigerian People Party (NNPP) have been sent packing by the Court of Appeal.
During a hearing on Monday, August 29, the court sacked the PDP's chairman in the state, Shehu Sagagi, and other executive members of the party months after they were recognised by a ruling of the Federal High Court.
It was gathered that this judgment came on the heels of allegations that Sagagi and other executives were secretly working as spoilers to favour their political godfather, Kwankwaso.