Imo Guber: Jubilation As Supreme Court Affirms Achonu As Labour Party’s Candidate

Imo Guber: Jubilation As Supreme Court Affirms Achonu As Labour Party’s Candidate

  • Senator Athan Achonu has been declared the governorship candidate under the Labour Party for the November 11 election in Imo
  • The senator was cleared following the Supreme Court's judgement delivered on Thursday, September 28
  • Following the court's verdict, Senator Achonu will slug it out with Governor Hope Uzodimma at the polls

FCT, Abuja - There was jubilation at the Labour Party's (LP) secretariat in Abuja when the Supreme Court delivered its judgment regarding the Labour Party governorship candidate for the Saturday, November 11, 2023, gubernatorial election.

LP, Imo state governorship election, Senator Athan Achonu
Achonu emerges as the LP authentic candidate for the Imo off-cycle election. Photo credit: Senator Athan Achonu
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In its judgement on Thursday, September 28, the apex court affirmed Senator Athan Achonu as the LP governorship candidate for the off-cycle election in Imo state.

The Nation reported that Achonu aims to become the country's first physically challenged governor through the off-season election in the state.

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The apex court dismissed the appeal by Basil Maduka against the Labour Party over the rightful candidate of the party in the election on the grounds of locus standi.

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A panel of five justices, led by Justice Iyang Okoro, also chided the appellant for abusing the court process and wasting the court's time.

LP legal adviser reacts as court affirms Achonu's candidacy

Reacting to the development in Abuja alongside Achonu and the party's lawyers, the LP national legal officer, Kehinde Edun, hailed the Supreme Court justices, saying they did justice to the case, Channels TV report added.

Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa polls: When will INEC conduct mock accreditation of voters?

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) earlier announced that it would conduct a mock accreditation for the forthcoming governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states.

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The commission disclosed that the mock accreditation will commence on Saturday, October 14, a few weeks before the off-cycle polls scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2023.

Sam Olumekun, INEC's national commissioner & chairman, information and voter education committee, made this known through a statement issued on Monday, September 25, via its X page.

The commission also announced the commencement of recruitment for ad-hoc staff for the upcoming off-cycle governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states.

Peter Obi gives Uzodimma quit notice as Imo governor

Meanwhile, the LP flagbearer in the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi, urged the Imo state electorate to vote for the party's candidate, Senator Athan Achonu, in the forthcoming November 11, 2023, governorship election.

Obi also called on Governor Hope Uzodimma to start preparing to vacate the Government House.

He stated this while flagging off Achonu's governorship campaign in Owerri on Tuesday, August 22.


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